Characteristics of a Powerful Essay
There is no single technique for writing a respectable essay. In fact, essays of the highest quality often handle the same subject matter quite differently. Be that as it may, there are various characteristics that differentiate good quality essays from dire ones. An examination of Keith King’s essay, “Should School Uniforms be Mandated in Elementary School?” -which is neither for nor against school uniforms- shows how characteristics general to all essays collectively determine its efficacy. When looking at King’s essay, it is easy to categorize his use of organization, eye-catching statistics, accurate sources and a well-built conclusion as strengths in his writing.
Keeping an essay well organized is vital to its success. When all the parts of an essay are in some type of order, it is easier for the writer to compile the essay by developing an outline and keeping the essay’s overall purpose in mind. Because a well-organized essay presents its ideas in a logical and sensible way, it is also easier for the reader to comprehend the focal points presented, so that the reader is not confused or forced to miss the main-point of the essay. King’s use of bold headings and smooth transitions are both elements of well-built organization. In his essay, King uses topical organization when addressing all sides of the issue of school uniforms. In King’s section “The Case for Uniforms,” he will clearly observe the positive aspects of school uniform policies. He continues to describe how uniforms affect safety, regulation, and learning in the classroom, declaring, “Youths who feel safe, secure, and free from threats of violence perform better academically” (King). The second topic is easily determined by the bold heading “The Case Against Uniforms,” where King studies the negative side of school uniforms. According to King, “[Though] most parents and teachers seek to ensure the safety and security of their school children, some believe...
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