Tips for Creating a Great Essay Start your paper out with a hook – something catchy that makes the reader want to read more. Tell me what “The American Dream” is based on what you know. What SPECIFIC things do you believe most Americans want in their lives? Make sure your paper flows. A paragraph should look and feel like a complete thought. Answer all the questions from the prewriting activity in story form. Remember, this is an essay and should feel like a complete short story. Use the unit vocabulary words when appropriate Avoid using pronouns too often. Be specific, say what you mean. Use the names of people and places instead of “him”, ”her”, “them” etc. Be detailed. Use examples to illustrate your point and make the argument stronger. Make certain the essay is in your words…not someone else’s. If you borrow a thought or idea, put it in quotes and give the author credit. Spelling and grammar are important in the way that you communicate in 7th grade. Use spell check and read through your paper to make sure everything makes sense. End your paper with a strong final thought or some new learning that has come from this assignment. Make it feel like the end of a story. Most importantly, show me evidence that you are developing into a deep thinker. Show me that you can compare and contrast different American Dreams and draw your own conclusions about how important they are.