TIPS FOR APPROACHING WRITING TOPICS
The words that follow are frequently used in essay assignments and
Sum up; give the main points briefly. Summarize the ways in which
man preserves food.
Give the good points and the bad ones; appraise; give an opinion
regarding the value of; talk over the advantages and limitations.
Evaluate the contributions of teaching machines.
Bring out the points of difference. Contrast the novels of Jane
Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray.
Make clear; interpret; make plain; tell "how" to do; tell the meaning
of. Explain how man can, at times, trigger a full-scale rainstorm.
Give an account of; tell about; give a word picture of. Describe
the pyramids of Gaza.
Give the meaning of a word or concept; place it in the class to which
it belongs and set it off from other items in the same class.
Define the term "archetype".
Bring out points of similarity and points of difference. Compare
the legislative branches of the state government and the national
Talk over; consider from various points of view; present the different
side of. Discuss the use of pesticides in controlling mosquitoes.
State your opinion of the correctness or merits of an item or issue;
criticism may approve or disapprove. Criticize the increasing use of
Show good reasons for; give your evidence; present fact to support your
position. Justify the American entry into World War II.
Follow the course of; follow the trail of; give a description of
progress. Trace the development of television in school
Make plain; give the meaning of; give your thinking about;
translate. Interpret the poetic line: "The sound of a cobweb
snapping is the noise of my life.
Establish the truth of something by giving factual evidence or logical
reasons. Prove that in a full-employment economy, a society can
get more of one product only by giving up another product.
Use a word picture, a diagram, a chart, or a concrete example to
clarify a point. Illustrate the use of catapults in the
amphibious warfare of Alexander.