Whether you're sitting down to write a research paper for English class about Buddha or you're hours deep in the writing portion of SAT, you want to write a great essay. And although different people have different notions about what makes an essay truly "great," there are a number of things that educators and writers generally agree upon as gold-quality standards. Here are three of those qualities that can take your essay from basic to fabulous.

?#36824;?#20320;是坐下来准备写?#40644;?#33521;语课上有关佛陀的研究报告,还是深思怎样完成入学考试的作文部分,你都会想要写得一手好文章。虽然不同的人对于优秀的文章有不同的观念,但是也有许多教育家和作家公认的黄金标准。这里有三个?#20998;剩?#26159;你的作文从普通向出色进步时需要具备的。

1. Language

语言文字

The usage of language in an essay is more than j4ust the actual words you use throughout. Things like sentence structure, stylistic choices, levels of formality, grammar, usage, and mechanics all come into play.?

在?#40644;?#25991;章中,语言文字的使用不仅仅是你在全篇所使用的词语,句子结构、文体选择、不同的形式、语法、用法、文字处理等都可以发挥作用。

Good Language

好的文字

Good language in an essay is merely adequate. It's basic. There's nothing inherently wrong with your language, but there's nothing exceptional about it, either.

文章中好的语言文?#31181;?#33021;说是差强人意,它应该作为基本的要求。可能你的语言没有什么内在的问题,但?#37096;?#33021;没有什么新意了。

Good essay language means you're using some variety in your sentence structures. For instance, you may write a few simple sentences interspersed with some compound sentences. Your level of formality and tone are also appropriate to the essay. You're not using familiar language and slang, for example, when you're writing a research report in class. Good language in an essay does not disrupt your thesis. Your point gets across and that's all well and fine if you're happy with a good essay.

好的文章语言意味着你使用了不同种类的句子结构。例如,你可能会将一些简单句和复合句结合起?#35789;?#29992;。你的文章形式和语气也要适合整篇文章,而不是一味使用自己熟悉的语言和俚语。比如说,当你在班里写?#40644;?#30740;究报告时,好的语言不会干扰到你的论点。如果你对?#40644;?#22909;文章满意,那么这篇文章肯定能?#35805;?#20320;的论点讲清楚。

Example: When Jack walked into his grandmother's kitchen, he spotted the freshly baked cake on the counter. He helped himself to a huge piece. It was chocolate, and the frosting was a delicious vanilla buttercream. He licked his lips and took a gigantic bite.

例子:当杰克走进奶奶的厨房时,他发现了柜台上刚烘?#27721;?#30340;?#26696;猓?#23601;给自己弄了一大块。?#26696;?#26159;巧克力的,上面的奶霜还是香草奶油的。他舔舔嘴唇,咬了好大一口。

Great Language

优秀的语言文字

Great language is fresh, full of sensory detail when appropriate and propels your essay forward in invigorating ways. Great language uses a variety of sentence structures and even some intentional fragments when appropriate. Your tone isn't merely adequate; it enhances your argument or point.

优秀的语言文字就是在你将文章内容向前推进时,使用充满活力和感官细节的语言。优秀的语言使用多种句子结构,甚至在合适的时候故意分段。语气的使用不应该仅仅差强人意,它可以作为你的论点或论据。

Your language is precise. It's chosen specifically to add nuance or shades of meaning. The sensory details you select pull your readers in, giving them goosebumps, and make them want to keep on reading. Great language makes readers take what you've said very seriously.

语言文字要精确。要用心地选择语言文字来增加一些细微差别或语义色彩,你选择的感官细节要能使读者身临其境,让他们起鸡皮疙瘩,有?#26009;?#21435;的欲望。优秀的语言文字能使读者认真?#28304;?#20320;表达的内容。

Example: Jack stepped over the threshold of his grandmother's kitchen and inhaled. Chocolate cake. His stomach rumbled. He walked to the counter, mouth watering, and took a? rose-pattered china plate from the cabinet and a bread knife from the drawer. The slice he sawed off was enough for three. The first bite of rich vanilla buttercream made his jaw ache. Before he knew it, nothing was left but chocolate crumbs scattered on the plate like confetti.

例子: 杰克一踏进奶奶厨房的门槛就被吸引住了,那是一块巧克力?#26696;狻?#20182;的肚子也叫了起来,走进柜台,杰克的口水都流了出来,他从橱柜里拿出一个玫瑰图案的瓷盘,又从抽屉里拿出?#35805;?#20999;?#26696;?#29992;的刀。他切了三人量的一大块,第一口就咬到了满满的香草奶油,使他食欲大开。在他缓过神来之前,盘子里就只剩下巧克力碎末。

2. Analysis

分析

Teachers are always asking you to "dig deep" in your essay, but what does that really mean? Depth is the level at which you analyze the topic you are writing. The deeper you dive into your essay, the more poking and prodding at values, tensions, complexities, and assumptions you will do.

老师们总是让你“深入发掘”自己的文章,但这到底是什么意思呢?深度就是你分析文章主题的层次。你对自?#20309;?#31456;发掘得越深,你就会发现更多价值观、冲突、复?#26377;?#21644;设想。

Good Analysis

好的分析

The word "analysis" in and of itself implies a certain level of depth. A good analysis will use reasoning and examples that are clear and adequately demonstrate the importance of the topic. Support may be relevant, but it may come across as overly general or simplistic. You will have scratched the surface of the topic, but you will not have explored as many of the complexities as you could have.

“分析”一词本身就暗含有?#27426;?#30340;深度。好的分析会使用清晰并能论证主题的?#35780;?#21644;例子。支持也许是相关的,但?#37096;?#33021;会显得过于宽泛或简单化。你可能已经触及到了主题,但你不能像那些复杂的例子一样进行深入探索。

Let's take, for example, this question: "Should cyberbullying be stopped by the government?"

我们以这个问题为例子:“政府应该杜绝网络暴力吗?”

Example: Cyberbullying needs to be stopped in its tracksby the government because of the harm that it causes to the victim. Teenagers who have been bullied online have had to be treated for depression, have felt compelled to change schools, and some have even committed suicide. A person's life is too important not to intervene.

例子:政府需要阻止网络暴力的发展,因为它会有导致自杀的危害。遭受网络暴力的会在情绪上感到低落,?#40644;?#36716;学,有些人甚至会自杀。人的生命何其珍贵,故政府应干涉。

Great Analysis

优秀的分析

A great analysis of a topic is a thoughtful critique that demonstrates insight. It critiques assumptions and details not hinted at in just a good analysis. In the example above, the good analysis mentions the harm to a victim of bullying and names three things that could happen to him or her because of it, but doesn't get into other areas that might offer more insight like societal values, governmental control, effects rippling from one generation to the next, for example.

优秀的分析是对深入剖析思考后的批评。它对那些没有进行好好分析的设想和细节进行了批评。在上面的例子中,好的分析提到了暴力会导致自杀的危害,并且举出了三件由可能会发生在别人身上的事,但却并没有涉及一些会引发思考的领域,例如社会价值观、政府调控、对下一代人的影响。

Example: Although cyberbullying needs to be stopped - the effects are to dire not to intervene - the government cannot be the entity to regulate speech online. The fiscal and personal costs would be staggering. Not only would citizens be forced to give up their First Amendment rights to free speech, they would have to relinquish their rights to privacy, as well. The government would be everywhere, becoming even more of a "big brother" than they are right now. Who would pay for such scrutiny? Citizens would pay with their freedom and their wallets.

例子:虽然网络暴力需要?#27426;?#32477;,它的后果太可怕,需要进行干涉。但政府不能从本质上控制网络发言,那样?#26222;?#21644;个人的开销都会十分巨大。不仅公民们的放弃第一修正案所赋予的自由发言权,他们还得放弃隐私权。政府就会变成一个无所不在的“老大哥?#34180;?#35841;会为这些监控买单呢?公民会牺牲掉他们的自由和钱包。

3. Organization

组织

Organization can quite literally make or break your essay. If a reader doesn't understand how you've gotten from point A to point B because none of your dots seem to connect, then he or she won't be compelled to read any further. And more importantly, he or she will not have listened to what you have had to say. And that's the biggest problem there is.

组织可以在字面上对你的文章进?#20889;?#20316;或破坏。如果读者因为没有句点而无法理解你是怎样从A观点切换到B观点,就不会深入阅?#26009;?#21435;。更重要的是,读者不会听你讲的内容。这就是最大的问题。

Good Organization

好的结构

A standard five-paragraph essay structure is what most students use when they write essays. They start with an introductory paragraphending with a thesis sentence. They move on to body paragraph one with a topic sentence, and then proceed, with a few scattered transitions, to body paragraphs two and three. They round out their essay with a conclusion that neatly restates the thesis and ends with a question or a challenge. Sound about right? If this sounds like every essay you've ever written, then you can be sure you're not alone. It's a perfectly adequate structure for a basic essay.

标准的五个段落构成的文章结构是学生们在写作文时用得最多的。他们以介绍段开头,以主题句结尾。他们以主题句过渡到第一个主体段落,然后用一些过渡语继续下?#27169;?#23637;开第二个和第三个主体段落。他们采用问题式或挑战式的结尾,并重申了论点。是这样的吧?如果你也是这样写文章,你就可以确定自己也属于这一类了。对于基本的文章来说,这是一种非常合适的结构。

Example:

1. Introduction with thesis

2. Body paragraph one

?Support one

?Support two

?Support three

例子:

1.带有论点的介绍

2.主体段落一

佐证一

佐证二

佐证三

3. Body paragraph two

?Support one

?Support two

?Support three

主体段落二

佐证一

佐证二

佐证三

4. Body paragraph three

?Support one

?Support two

?Support three

主体段落三

佐证一

佐证二

佐证三

5. Conclusion with restated thesis

以重申论点结尾

Great Organization

优秀的结构

Great organization tends to move beyond just simple supports and basic transitions. Ideas will progress logically and increase the arguments success. Transitions within and between paragraphs will strengthen the argument and heighten meaning. If you start out organizing your essay strategically, with room for analysis and counterarguments built in, your chances of building a great essay improve by quite a bit. And some students find it easier to get more in depth by writing a four-paragraph essay instead of five. You can engaged more with a particular topic in the body paragraphs if you knock out your weakest argument and focus instead on providing a deeper, more thoughtful analysis with just two.

优秀的结构常常跳出?#24605;?#21333;的佐证和基本的过渡。观点会按?#31456;?#36753;推进,并逐步完成论证。段落内部或之间的过渡可以加强论证,使意义表达更明显。如果你开始组织自己的文章,就要留出空间进行分析和辩论,这样你写出?#40644;?#22909;文章的可能性就会大大增加。一些学生发现,比起五段文章,四段文章能够更加简单地进行深入发掘。如果你去掉了最薄弱的论证,将尽力集中在用两个段落进行更深入的分析,就可以在主体段落更多地对特定的主题进行?#25945;幀?/div>

Example:

1. Introduction with thesis

2. Body paragraph one

  • Support one with detailed analysis
  • Support two that addresses values, complexities and assumptions
  • Counterpoint and dismissal of the counterpoint

例子:

1.包含论点的介绍

主体?#25105;?/div>

  • 含详细分析的佐证一
  • 对价值观、复杂事物和设想进行讨论的佐证二
  • 对应物的使用

3.Body paragraph two

?Support one with detailed analysis

?Support two that addresses values, complexities and assumptions

?Counterpoint and dismissal of the counterpoint

3.主体?#21619;?/p>

  • 含详细分析的佐证一
  • 对价值观、复杂事物和设想进行讨论的佐证二
  • 对应物的使用

4. Conclusion with restated thesis and option for better idea

重申论点、完善观点的结尾

Writing Great Essays

优秀的文章

If your goal is to move forward out of mediocrity, then spend some time learning the basics of great essay writing. After that, pick up your pencil or paper and practice. Nothing will prepare you better for your next essay then writing strategically-organized, well-analyzed, and carefully-worded paragraphs when the pressure isn't on.

如果你的目的是写出不?#35805;?#30340;好文章,就要花时间学习优秀文章写作的基本要素。之后,就要拿起笔或纸开始写作。你不能确保下?#40644;?#25991;章就?#27426;?#33021;写得更好,所以就要在没有压力的时候有条理地写作,认真分析并斟酌每个词。

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