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Essay Writing

Essay Writing






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    • ISFD N° 41 Subject: Language and Written Expression 4 Teacher: Stella Saubidet Topic: Essay Writing Students: Andrea Fares Ana Alonso Year 2013
    • What is an Essay?What is an Essay?  An organized piece of writing focused on a single topic Around a general idea or thesis   Thesis Statement Develops from all the main ideas in the supporting paragraphs 
    • LayoutLayout  INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION  BODY OF THE ESSAY  BODY OF THE ESSAY CONCLUSIONCONCLUSION    • Orientates reader • Focus-purpose • States thesis • Topic Sentences + Supporting ideas + Concluding sentences • Restates thesis • Summarise argument
    • Why an Essay?Why an Essay?  To express ideas more clearly and effectively  To convey much information in a small amount of space  Essays are required by all college courses
    • Thesis StatementThesis Statement •Main idea •Generalization •Includes all paragraphs T H E S I S States the: Usually in the fist paragraph Should be JUST RIGHT NEITHER GENERAL NEITHER GENERAL NOR TOO SPECIFIC NOR TOO SPECIFIC
    • Introductory ParagraphIntroductory Paragraph  Provides the first impressions  Is the reader’s first contact with the topic  Attention getters are very important to call attract the reader. Make a bridge to connect the attention getting sentence (s) to the Thesis Statement CONCLUDE WITH A THESIS STATEMENT
    • Strategies to get reader’s attentionStrategies to get reader’s attention • Provide some interesting background about the topic • Use quotation to provoke thinking • Ask a question about the topic • State a surprising fact or a puzzling statement • State a common misconception • Describe a problem • Give an analogy • Show how the topic is related to the reader’s experience
    • Body of an EssayBody of an Essay Set of paragraphs that develop the idea expressed in the Thesis Stateent Main ideas arranged in logical order (time/place/impo rtance)
    • Writing StageWriting Stage •Begin writing after planning and arranging main ideas •The number of paragraphs will depend on the topic’s complexity •A short essay contains Introduction + 3 to 5 body paragraphs + Concluding paragraph • Use signal words to make smooth transitions
    • Signal/Transition WordsSignal/Transition Words to avoid abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas. Connecting words or phrases like bridges They link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly
    • Body ParagraphBody Paragraph  Provide the content  Should be unique  Should be unified around a main idea  Should be arranged coherently
    • Conclusion of an EssayConclusion of an Essay  Should not add new information  It is usually short (one paragraph)  Should follow logically from the body of the essay PURPOSE: MAKE THE READER THINK BOUT THE TOPIC
    • Concluding ParagraphConcluding Paragraph
    • Revising and EditingRevising and Editing Processes that make ideas more logical and understandable Involves rearranging material READING COLLABORATION through Final draft should be neat and as error free as possible
    • Types of EssaysTypes of Essays Descriptive Use of descriptive language Includes all five senses Narrative Tell a story Contains dialogue Cause and Effect Comparison and Contrast Classification Problem/Solution Persuasive Mixed Pattern Essays
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