Tips for Approaching Writing Topics
TIPS FOR APPROACHING WRITING TOPICS
The words that follow are frequently used in essay assignments and examinations:
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 government.
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 alcohol.
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 instruction.
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.