Academic writing is not a random act; it is planned exercise with a purpose that is executed through an appropriate organizational plan. When assigning essays or writing activities, you might use the information in the following sites to clarify your own goals and to direct students to organizational plans that work for the writing purposes you have in mind.
- What is an Academic Paper? (Dartmouth Writing Program)
- Some General Advice on Academic Essay-Writing (Writing at the University of Toronto)
A critical part of organizational planning and successful essay writing is the thesis statement. The links below review the concept of the thesis statement, offering and critiquing a number of examples.
- Using Thesis Statements (Writing at the University of Toronto)
- Thesis Statements (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)