The Writer’s World: Paragraphs and Essays, 3rd edition.
Practice #1 (179)Identify the problem with each thesis statement and revise.
Writing the Essay (Gaetz)
Writing the Essay
“Without words, without writing, and
without books there would be no
history, and there could be no concept of
O Use knowledge and personal experience
O Think about your purpose
O Inform, Entertain, Persuade
O Similar to a topic sentence in a paragraph
O Introduces the topic of the essay and
arouses the readers’ interest
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
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
O All teachers have a class favorite.
O The streets are becoming more
O How to use a digital camera.
The Essay Plan
O Helps you organize your thesis statement
and supporting ideas before you write a
O Examples: p. 184-187
I. Topic Sentence
I. Supporting Detail
II. Supporting Detail
II. Topic Sentence
The Writer’s Desk pg. 187
O Introduces the subject of your essay
O Contains the thesis statement
O Surprising, Provocative Statement
O Give general or historical background
O Tell an interesting anecdote
O Present a vivid description
O Present the opposing position
O Give a definition
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
O David’s Conclusion – p. 191
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
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