Overheads for Unit 7--Chapter 10 (Essay Questions)
Predicted Essay Question "Describe the memory process."
Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box. You can type directly in the text box or paste a question from another application, such as a simple text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
Suggestions for writing essay questions
Below are sample IELTS essay questions to help you prepare for writing task 2. 100 questions are organised under common topics which frequently come in writing task 2 and other questions are organised by the type of IELTS essay.
What follows is a an example of an answer to atypical essay questionthe sort of question you would expect on a compositionmidterm, but also much like essay questions in any discipline. The question andanswer address E. B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake," an essaycommonly included in composition anthologies. I wrote this answer undertypical test conditions: I gave myself a 40-minute time limit (assuming thatthis would be one of three questions on a test scheduled for two hours), andbegan with the sort of informal prewriting/outline that improves control andcompleteness. I did the whole thing on the computer, and you will see the notesand essay exactly as I wrote them (though the comments on the side were addedlater for your use). The computer allowed me to move things around onscreen, butI used the same method I use on papersetting up general categories withspaces between them, then filling in.
This was designed as an open-book question, so I had E.B. White's essay in front of me as I worked, but of course I had already studiedthe essay and had firm opinions. Good technique really helps you to writeeffective essay answers, but you also need to have studied, to have madeyourself familiar with the content on which you will be tested.Essay questions may appear to be easier to write than multiple choice and other question types, but writing effective essay questions requires a great deal of thought and planning. If an essay question is vague, it will be much more difficult for the students to answer and much more difficult for the instructor to score. Well-written essay questions have the following features:
Essay questions are a more complex version of constructed response assessments. With essay questions, there is one general question or proposition, and the student is asked to respond in writing. This type of assessment is very powerful -- it allows the students to express themselves and demonstrate their reasoning related to a topic. Essay questions often demand the use of higher level thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.Essay questions are carefully and precisely worded. You won'treceive credit for answering a question you haven't been asked;you also don't want to waste time writing something you don'tneed. Most essay questions -- like the one below -- can be analyzedaccording to the following three main components: