Many teachers will assign short essays to test the student's ability to write concise essays that demonstrate knowledge of the topic, but does not become too wordy. Whether you are writing a long term paper or a short response, formulating your thoughts onto paper can be tough. With a 100-word essay restriction, writing too much is not the issue. The problem in a short response essay is getting your point across while maintaining less than 100 words.
Read through your professor's instructions on what type of essay it is: persuasive, descriptive, informative, etc. Decide on a topic and research your topic in order to formulate a good thesis and body paragraph.
Create an outline for the essay. Since the essay can only include 100 words, plan to only write seven to 10 sentences. Leave one or two sentences for the thesis, four to eight sentences for the body paragraph and one sentence for the conclusion.
Write a concise thesis statement that identifies the points you will be making in the body paragraph. A thesis can also serve as an introduction in a short essay.
Write the body paragraph of your short essay. As you write, make sure your sentences are supporting your thesis. To make the best use of your 100-word limit, choose longer, descriptive words instead of filler words.
Write a one-sentence conclusion to summarize your topic and re-establish your thesis statement.
Read through your short essay and try to find a more concise way to reword a sentence. Look for grammatical errors and places you can use stronger words that take up less of the word count. If you are using a computer and writing software, use the spell-check tool, if applicable.
- If you are writing the paper on a computer with writing software, check the word count of your short essay before turning it in to ensure you are under the limit.
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