Having enough to say If your child is still stuck find out if they have read up enough on the topic. Some inertia with writing can be due to lack of knowledge. They will find writing so much easier if they spend another day or two reading more on the topic and gleaning some additional ideas. Try using a neutral sentence Suggest starting the essay with a neutral sentence: a sentence that merely states an interesting fact on the topic being written about. Heres one: Mozart was one of the most important Austrian composers of the eighteenth century. First sentences in essays dont need to be stellar - you just need to start!
Expository Essays This type is used to present other peoples views in details and in a fair way apart from criticism or argument. Its to explain difficult materials and get the reader acquainted with knowledge. Persuasive Essays Also known as the argument essays here you are choosing one side or opinion and defending it over the other opinion; you are trying to persuade the undecided reader with your opinion refuting misconceptions and proving that the opinion your present is the best one.
Getting students over this barrier was one of the reasons I put pen to paper four years ago and produced a book called Write That Essay! At that stage I was a senior academic at Auckland University and a university examiner. For nearly 20 years in both course work and examinations I had counselled everyone from 17-year-old newbies to 40-year-old career changers with their essay writing. Often the difference between a student who might achieve a B-Grade and the A-Grade student was just some well-placed advice and direction.