Essay Writing

Essay writing is an integral part of the SSE’s menu of courses. Starting in Year 3, it is considered to be the second most challenging form of writing (after Creative Writing). As it is often the focus of external tests of writing proficiency in primary school students (Scholarship, NAPLAN, Selective School) and the main writing text type of high school students, it is of the utmost importance that all students become accomplished essay writers.

There are several types of essays but the main choices for test questions are:

The List

The Discussion

The Exposition

Comparison and Contrast

Each of these essay types is built up using state of the art teaching materials coupled with sound teaching methodology. As with other programs, a step-by-step approach is taken to ensure that a well-researched, well-structured, well-detailed essay is written well.




Again, the standard of teaching is first class; the expectations of the students are that they too reach excellence in essay writing.


Essay Writing Elements:

• Researching the general topic
• Honing in on the specific area of focus
• Planning the essay
• Structuring the essay
• Maintaining focus
• The introductory paragraph
• Topic sentences
• Body paragraphs
• The Conclusion
• Building a logical argument
• Including the evidence
• Displaying persuasive devices
• Selecting and inserting quotations
• Using conventions of referencing
• Using formal language
• Synonyms
• Cohesion
• Typical questions