Writing the Essay
“Without words, without writing, and
without books there would be no
history, and there could be no conc...
Explore Topics
O Use knowledge and personal experience
O Think about your purpose
O Inform, Entertain, Persuade
Thesis Statements
O Similar to a topic sentence in a paragraph
O Introduces the topic of the essay and
arouses the readers...
Characteristics
O Expresses the main topic of the essay
O Contains a controlling idea
O A complete sentence that usually a...
Effective Thesis Statements
O Ask yourself…
O Is my thesis statement a complete
statement with a controlling idea?
O Does ...
Let’s Practice!
O All teachers have a class favorite.
O The streets are becoming more
dangerous.
O How to use a digital ca...
The Essay Plan
O Helps you organize your thesis statement
and supporting ideas before you write a
draft
O Examples: p. 184...
Organization Template
Thesis Statement
I. Topic Sentence
I. Supporting Detail
II. Supporting Detail
II. Topic Sentence
The...
The Introduction
O Introduces the subject of your essay
O Contains the thesis statement
O Lead-Ins
O Quotation
O Surprisin...
Introduction Styles
O Give general or historical background
information
O Tell an interesting anecdote
O Present a vivid d...
The Conclusion
O Final paragraph
O Rephrases the thesis statement and
summarizes the main points of the essay
O Close with...
The Essay Title
O Write after you’ve completed your essay
O Brief; Depict the topic and purpose; Attract
the reader’s atte...
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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.
  • Writing the Essay (Gaetz)

    1. 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. 2. Explore Topics O Use knowledge and personal experience O Think about your purpose O Inform, Entertain, Persuade
    3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Organization Template Thesis Statement I. Topic Sentence I. Supporting Detail II. Supporting Detail II. Topic Sentence The Writer’s Desk pg. 187
    9. 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. 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. 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. 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
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