How to start an essay


all right thank you and welcome uh…
today we’re going to look at how to write an essay when your teacher has
and in-class writing test so first we look at the writing
question or the writing prompt “What are some healthy eating habits you
used to have in your country?” That’s the question we’re going to
answer so here is the essay and the title is
“Healthy eating habits” the students name is Xiao Lu so you can see the student’s name is first then you want to write the date next is the professor’s name an then put a name to this test. It’s called
the Writing Test and in my class I want you to uh
put this in the upper right hand corner of your paper also I want you to notice when you write your essays, please
write on eight-and-a-half by eleven paper this is what we call college ruled paper it has a red margin line on the left and then the red margin line shows
through from the backside over here. So we have two margin lines. Okay? So again uh… please put your student name the date the professor’s name and then
writing test uh… Right here we have what we call the
title of our essay. Okay, the title is in the middle of this paper. It’s on the top line You see the top line right there. It’s on the top line and the title is
“Healthy eating habits.” Now, we’re starting a new paragraph. When we start a new paragraph, you want to indent five spaces. one two three four and five it’s about one inch and in English we say indent i-n-d-e-n-t that’s the
indent for the paragraph Alright, when you write the first sentence you go approximately to the next margin. See that redline right there?
It goes all the way down the paper, that red line. And you want to write toward or near that redline or that
margin. So I’ll write on here this is called a margin It’s right there, that red line so in my country China I had many healthy eating habits… period So notice what happened here. I indented
my first sentence/ In my country, China, I had many healthy
eating habits. This sentence I wrap around. So in English we say, “Wrap the sentence.” Okay? So wrapping the sentence means you write up until that right hand
margin then you go back to the left margin-right here. So we have a left
margin We call this a left margin and then we start… we continue this sentence here and then we have a period. Now notice our second sentence. First of
all, I used to buy groceries. What happens here we wrap the sentence near the right hand margin the red line and then we come back to the left margin and we start again. Now there’s one other thing to notice
about this writing test. We are skipping a line. Alright. We call it, “Skip a line.” We write
on this line here, but then we skip a line. We write on this line and then we skip this line. So, in English
we say skip a line. Why do we ask our students to skip a
line? We ask our students to skip a line so if we need to make any comments or
uh check for spelling or uh make a notation As the professor we have room our your paper to make a
comment in uh pen. So, for example, um, maybe I will say over here uh let’s see uh… We admired each other’s recipes and enjoyed the fresh flavors of noodles,
dumplings, fried rice and steamed vegetables and I might say What about the fruit? So, I’m the professor and I want more
details about fresh fruit and I have that line, that empty line to write my comment. So that’s why we ask you to skip a line.
So let’s review what, um, we ask for this writing test.
First of all, please put your name, date, the name of the professor and the name
of the test in the upper right hand corner. Please put a title in the middle of your
paper. Make sure you indent on your
paragraphs. Um, please leave a one inch right hand
margin and one inch lefthand margin. Also please wrap your sentences and after you finish one sentence leave a space. Notice there’s a space
right here And then continue with your next
sentence and then wrap it period new space, a new sentence and then you wrap it some more. Also please skip a line as you’re writing
your essay This helps your instructor, um, read your
essay. It also provides space for the instructor to write questions or make
comments on your paper. Alright, thank you very much. Thank you
for following, um, these guidelines and I look forward to seeing you in class!

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