As someone who has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, I have found it frustrating that so many students I teach struggle with English academic essays. As an ESL writing specialist, I have made it my mission to make writing easier.
What few people tell you is that because English academic paragraphs and essays have very specific forms they can be remarkably easy to master. That's the genesis of EssayMaps.com. The key to writing effective essays is to recognize that writing an essay is a bit like growing a garden. The most important part is the basic five-or-six sentence paragraph (the seed). Adding the details, examples and citations (watering and fertilizering) will help it grow into a sturdy essay. If you start out with the wrong seed, you can never change one plant into another, no matter how hard you try.
With EssayMaps, I start with the seed and add the other elements one sentence at a time. Frankly, the way it grows is a bit like magic. Once you master the concept, writing an essay will become easy, and maybe even fun. The idea of using the Hamburger Paragraph approach comes from writing recognizing that you have to build to a best idea to keep people engaged. It's also the form taught at the best preparatory schools whose students are viewed as essay masters.
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