Prison Problems Essay Research Paper The Effectiveness

Prison Problems Essay, Research Paper

The Effectiveness of An Essay

Alexander Cragg/ Honors English

What does it take to create an effective essay? This is a hard question to

answer, until it is made more specific. Depending upon the type of essay it may

be harder, or easier, to create an effective essay. Formal essays are easier to

write for most students, because they can make them more effective by using

their own voice. If you have to write an argumentative essay the criteria for an

effective paper is much different than attempting to create an effective

informative essay. Obviously it there isn?t any set way to create an effective

essay, unless you know what type of essay you are about to write, then you can

develop a basic idea of where you want your essay to go

?Prisons: Problems and Solutions? is an informative essay that addresses

the fact that the prisons of the United States are over crowded. The author

addresses you with various facts and resources, concerning the increase in

convicts. ?Prisons: Problems and Solutions? is probably the most

in-effective essay that I have ever read. The author addresses the fact of the

overcrowded prisons fairly strait forward, and gets the point across. The

composition is terrible. Sentences are short. Sentences are choppy. Sentences

are repetitive. As you have read this is annoying, and hard to read. It makes

the reader think that the writer never reread her essay, in order to make it

more sensible.

The author addresses the problems and presents solutions, hence the title.

Unfortunately all of the problems she presents are all the same, the prisons are

over-crowded. So the prisons have too many people, then she provides several

solutions for this problem. She never provides any other problems that the penal

system faces. Now we all would like to believe that this is the only problem

face by the penal system to day, but were not all that dense. This seriously

drains the effectiveness of this essay, in the fact that she isn?t strong

enough in issuing her point of view. The author knows that the prisons are

overcrowded, and she gives several solutions for this problem. Her title says

problems, not problem. So she misleads you with her title, leading you to

believe that this essay contains more than it does.

Construction of an essay is a great under taking that most students dread and

fear. To build an essay that is good read and effective in delivering the

authors message it must be written in a clear format. Starting with an

introduction paragraph that covers the topic of the essay, from broad to

specific points on this topic. Then there should be at least three body

paragraphs, each of which address a different point of the main topic. The

author will then finish with a conclusive paragraph, that restates the main idea

of the introduction going from specific to broad. The author of ?Prisons:

Problems and Solutions? completed the body paragraphs rather well, but her

introduction and conclusion were rather lame. Her introduction was short,

stating only that prisons are overcrowded, and doesn?t start broad and go to a

specific point. Saying that prisons are overcrowded is definitely broad, but is

she had said that there are problems with the penal system it would have been

more general leaving the rest of the introduction more specific. ?We, as a

country, need to find different ways to deal with this continuing problem,?

are the exact words of the final sentence of her introduction. This isn?t

specific, the introduction is a flop, it gives no real clue to where the essay

is going and how it will get there. The conclusion is worse, it consist of one

sentence, that doesn?t restate the thesis at all. All the conclusion does is

state that the problem needs to be addressed.

?Prisons: Problems and Solutions? is rather ineffective as an over-all

essay. It lacks punch and doesn?t relay the message of the author well enough

to be convincing. Authors should take more time to review their essays and make

sure that they are written clearly and effectively, but in a manner that is easy

to understand. To create an effective essay is one of the hardest struggles of

being a student, but with a lot of work and effort, any essay can be turned into

a master piece.


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