A solid essay is organized – built solidly brick by brick. If you follow the outline and the organizing guidelines we’ve discussed in previous posts, you have taken an essential step toward a high-scoring essay.
This is the fifth part of our series on preparing for the SAT essay. All of these articles are excerpts …
Your thesis contains the point of your essay – what you think about the issue given you in the essay prompt. Now you’ve got to defend your opinion. You need to give clear and persuasive reasons for thinking the way you do.
The first thing essay readers look for is a strong position. Taking a half-hearted or diplomatic approach to the topic is a sure way to drop your score. In Part 3 of this series, I talked about the importance of getting your thesis right. The thesis is the starting place of an essay with strong content. In this article, I’ll show you three ways to keep your position firm throughout the paper.