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Writing the Essay (Gaetz)


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  • The Writer’s World: Paragraphs and Essays, 3rd edition.
  • Practice #1 (179)Identify the problem with each thesis statement and revise.
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    • 1. Writing the Essay “Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, and there could be no concept of humanity.”
    • 2. Explore Topics O Use knowledge and personal experience O Think about your purpose O Inform, Entertain, Persuade
    • 3. Thesis Statements O Similar to a topic sentence in a paragraph O Introduces the topic of the essay and arouses the readers’ interest
    • 4. Characteristics O Expresses the main topic of the essay O Contains a controlling idea O A complete sentence that usually appears in the essay’s introductory paragraph
    • 5. Effective Thesis Statements O Ask yourself… O Is my thesis statement a complete statement with a controlling idea? O Does my thesis statement make a valid and supportable point? O Can I support my thesis statement in an essay?
    • 6. Let’s Practice! O All teachers have a class favorite. O The streets are becoming more dangerous. O How to use a digital camera.
    • 7. The Essay Plan O Helps you organize your thesis statement and supporting ideas before you write a draft O Examples: p. 184-187
    • 8. Organization Template Thesis Statement I. Topic Sentence I. Supporting Detail II. Supporting Detail II. Topic Sentence The Writer’s Desk pg. 187
    • 9. The Introduction O Introduces the subject of your essay O Contains the thesis statement O Lead-Ins O Quotation O Surprising, Provocative Statement O Question
    • 10. Introduction Styles O Give general or historical background information O Tell an interesting anecdote O Present a vivid description O Present the opposing position O Give a definition
    • 11. The Conclusion O Final paragraph O Rephrases the thesis statement and summarizes the main points of the essay O Close with a prediction, suggestion, quotation, or call to action O David’s Conclusion – p. 191
    • 12. The Essay Title O Write after you’ve completed your essay O Brief; Depict the topic and purpose; Attract the reader’s attention O Center on the page; Capitalize first words (not prepositions or articles) O Descriptive Titles O Titles Related to Writing Patterns