We were running late, and all I could think about as I drove to the lesson was the clock.
Distracted, I ended up missing the right intersection and having to drive far out of our way.
So, as you read the essay prompt, really pay attention to what it's asking.
For example, if you are presented with a and you're asked to provide your opinion on the expressed position, be sure that you're clear on what you need to write about.
No Roman numerals are required; you can just use bullet points if you'd like. If you've been asked to put together an argument about whether or not cities should place legal limits on the size of sugary sodas that restaurants and concession stands can serve, you should first sketch out a few major, distinct points that you want to make.
If you're using the five-paragraph essay structure, it would make sense to make three major points, for example.
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Are you being asked to write a persuasive essay in favor of or against the institution of size restrictions on sodas?
Or are you perhaps being asked to put together a thoughtful analysis of the strong points presented by both sides?