On Demand Writing for Students: Coaching Yourself for the SAT, ACT, and AP Essays

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CHAPTER 5
Fleshing Out the Essay

Up until this point you have practiced brainstorming topics, mapping out responses, and even generating carefully crafted thesis statements for on demand writing situations. But when the stopwatch is racing, the majority of your time will actually be spent paragraphing the essay.

What follows is a series of lessons designed to help you flesh out your skeletal outlines to on demand prompts. Since your essays will be read quickly and evaluated holistically—often in seconds—it’s important to structure your body paragraphs in ways that make your argument clear and your thesis development undeniable. Therefore, the arrangement of ideas and information in a timed essay’s body paragraphs can be as important as the ideas themselves. In addition to being coached on how to develop accessible, muscular body paragraphs, you will be instructed on slimming down your introductions and conclusions, and encouraged to routinely title your essays.

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