Essay addresses the writing task in a basic manner. The essay:

This handout provides examples and information on writing for both domestic and international audiences doing business in India. It includes information on letters and memos, as well as important stylistic considerations. The handout concludes with comments on some important characteristics of English writing in India, and on the status of English in business writing compared with native Indian languages, such as Hindi and Bengali.

Essay addresses the writing task in a limited manner. The essay:

The cool breeze provides redemptive counsel for my stress, and my heart churns the thin air into my body—beat by rhythmic beat blood involuntarily pulsates through my veins....

Essay may or may not address the writing task. The essay:

A good book will be one where the story keeps you guessing until the very end.

In the few sentences of this essay, the writer also exhibits inadequate control of sentence structure by incorrectly joining two sentences with a comma ("I do not believe that school classes should start before 9:00 am, I agree strongly...") followed by a run-on sentence. The last sentence is a run-on sentence as well. This essay is scored a 2 because it offers a limited response with inadequate sentence control.

Writing in a real world setting is also essential.

Basically, a good introduction provides the reader with a brief overview of your topic and an explanation of your thesis. A good introduction is fresh, engaging, and interesting. Successful introductions don’t rely on clichés or irrelevant information to demonstrate their point. Be brief, be concise, be engaging. Good luck.

So why is the emphasis of teaching basic writing skills going away.

This resource provides a list of key concepts, words, and phrases that multi-lingual writers may find useful if they are new to writing in the North American educational context. It covers concepts and and key words pertaining to the stages in the writing process, style, citation and reference, and other common expressions in academic writing

Next, writing with a purpose is an essential step.

In sum: there are not strict rules. Do a good job, make sure the reader understands exactly what you're saying and never feels lost, never loses sight of the essay's overall purpose, and you're set.

The five-paragraph essay is essentially a sealant....

Going off script is, IMO, just proof you couldn't get your point across in the standard format so you ditched it. To me it isn't a demonstration of strength, it is a demonstration of weakness. If you want to be original, be original within the constraints of the system.

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Travel writing should mostly have a light, bright, lively and fun tone. Travel, the process of leaving the familiar to go to the foreign and unfamiliar, is often rich in comedy and comical events. Incorporate comedy into your writing where appropriate and don’t be afraid to make your readers laugh. Also, don’t be afraid to incorporate mishaps into your pieces. These can be just as worth reading about, maybe more so, particularly if they also incorporate an element of comedy or humor.