CBEST writing tips

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Take a stand
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Take a stand in the “issue” essay. Yoummist decide if you are for pr against the topic.
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Issue essay
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1. Read the entire topic and question at least once 2. Take a stand. Are you for or against the issue? 3.Support your claim. 4. Rank your supporting work. 5. Compose your essay using the template format. 6. Review your essay
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Issue Essay Template
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Paragraph 1: The issue of….is a controversial one. Some believe that… Others believe that… After careful thought, i feel that… Paragraph 2: One reason for this belief is that… Paragraph 3: Another reason for this belief is that… Paragraph 4: The best reason for this belief is… Paragraph 5: In the final analysis…
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The Experience Essay
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1. Read the entire topic and question at least once. 2. Choose a topic. 3. Develop your story. 4. Answer a readers questions: Who? How long? Why? What were your emotions? Effects of the event? How has the event changed you? 5. Compose your essay 6. Review your essay
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Experience Essay Template 1
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Paragraph 1: Intro and Thesis Paragraph 2: Describe the event Paragraph 3: Describe the immediate effects of the event. Paragraph 4: Describe the long term effects of the event. Paragraph 5: Conclusion
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Experience Essay Template 2
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Paragraph 1: Intro and thesis Paragraph 2: Describe any background info/evebts leading up to your experience. Paragraph 3: Describe the choices you felt you needed to make. Paragraph 4: Describe the results of your actions. Paragraph 5: Conclusion
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Tip 1
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Some essay prompts contain more than one question. Be sure your essay answers all of the questions.
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Avoid
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“I think”, big words, redundancy, and the ugly essay.

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