kitchen table math, the sequel: "SEXEY" paragraphs

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"SEXEY" paragraphs

I bought a terrific book on college essay writing from iTunes: Essay Writing for Students. Just $4.99. The authors seem like a lot of fun.

I like their paragraph acronym, which they characterize as "one way to structure a paragraph:
SEXEY is a mnemonic (neh-MON-ick - a memory device) to help you create well-structured paragraphs which fully answer your essay questions.

Make a statement linking to the question that you have chosen to answer.

Explain what your statement means in relation to your text.

Add in an example and quote from your text to back up your statement and explanation.

What your quote and example show the reader.

Why is this all important? How does it all link to the question? What does it show us? How does it link to the novel as a whole or to a social and/or historical/political context?
As far as I can tell, all of the examples in the book -- and there are many -- are academic.

No personal writing, no journalism, no op eds.

It is very difficult to find an American textbook that teaches (or excerpts) academic prose.

1 comment:

Amy and Jasmine said...

Hi Catherine,
Thanks for the post - we're thrilled to hear you liked Essay Writing for Students, when we spotted your post it made our day. It's packed with examples from our favourite books; we always hope that one will strike a chord with a student and he or she will pick up a copy.
Teach Me has two companion texts about to be released (Formal Writing for Students and Creative Writing for Students) and we will send you a promo code for each of these when they come out so you can have a look and see what you think.
From Amy and Jasmine at Teach Me.