In this lecture, we’re going to talk about how to write an essay about an article.
And the easiest way is to use the Power of Three.
Now, first of all we must ask, “What are the elements of any article?”
And any article will have these elements:
– an event(s)
– heroes / antiheroes
– objectivity (theme in an article)
So it’s very important to identify the elements first.
Now, you can pick two kinds of these elements and discuss one in terms of another. Let’s see how this would work.
Let’s say that the subject of the article is election day, which is an event.
We’ll pick out one element (or it could be the main subject of the article). We’re going to make it the main subject of our essay.
Now, in picking the next element, we’ll going to use the Power of Three. Let’s see how this will work.
Now, in section one, we could discuss Hillary Clinton who is a hero, right? And Donald Trump, who is also a hero.
Any one of them could be a hero or an antihero, depending on your views.
But the fact is that you are using another element from an article which is the heroes of the article.
And finally, you’ll discuss other candidates who are also heroes or antiheroes, depending on your views.
And this is how you would structure your essay.
The main point would be about the election day, and the main sections would be about each of the candidates.
Now, you can do it the other way around.
First, as before, you could choose one of these elements. So actually, we’re going to make the essay about the candidates – not about the election day, but about the candidates themselves.
Then, the first section could be about the media. Again, you see, we’re using the Power of Three, and we’re going to have three sections:
– About the media,
– About the polls
– About the actual elections
Now, this is an easy three-step process. So we’re going to identify the elements of the article
(event, heroes, themes, headline, whatever), and then we’re going to pick two or three of them, and then we’re going to discuss one in terms of the other(s).
Now remember, you don’t have to structure your essay the way the article is structured. Just pick the elements and arrange them any way you like in your essay.