The prompt (topic) for the example essay is a product that says something about its purchaser. Students should convince the reader that the product illustrates the purchaser. Select a familiar topic. For example, an expensive sports car says something different about the purchaser than a compact, fuel-efficient car.
After choosing a topic for the example essay, follow the eight steps of the writing process, including prewriting, focusing, organizing, and outlining and drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading the essay before submitting it to the instructor for evaluation.
Download a set of planning worksheets to use in developing the essay.
- Write 500–600 words, five paragraph minimum
- Follow standard paper format requirements
Refer to the Write and MLA Style sections in The Little Seagull Handbook for guidance in writing and formatting your essay. When the essay is complete, save it as a PDF document and submit it here as a file upload.