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Young Native Writers Essay Contest Writing Tips

SELECT A RESEARCH TOPIC

  • Write about something that is important to you and allow plenty of time to think about it.
  • Familiarize yourself on the issue through newspaper articles, books, the internet and talking with others.
  • Document all the resources and include them in your bibliography.
  • Be creative in how you write about the topic.

 

DRAFT AN OUTLINE

  • Organize your thoughts and think about the flow of the paper.
  • Back up your position or arguments through concrete examples.

 

FIRST DRAFT

  • Have a teacher, librarian, friend or parent review your first draft.
  • Have them pay special attention to the organization of the paper, the supporting details and elements that donít make sense to them.
  • Update your bibliography.

 

EDIT

  • Have a teacher, librarian, classmate or parent review your paper for mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation).

 

FINAL DRAFT

  • Read the paper out loud.
  • Make sure that the paper explains the topic and gives concrete examples of how it is pertinent to you and your community.

 

FINISHED PRODUCT

         Relax! Know that you have done your best on your research paper and it is ready to submit.