Constructing a 5-Paragraph Persuasive Essay Turning Points in WWII
Step 1Using the notes you made in class lasttime, build an outline/idea map for youressayYour essay will answer the question,“What was the most important event/battle/campaign of WWII?”
Facts &Background TOPICReason 1 Reason 2 Reason 3
Step 2Reﬁne and complete research of yourtopic and argumentsFind facts to back up each of yourarguments
Step 3 - The Thesis Statement The thesis statement declares what you are going to ‘prove’ in your essay.
Sample“The Battle of the Bulge was the mostimportant battle of WWII as it both ensuredand sped up Germany’s eventual defeat.”
Formula A speciﬁc subject (your event) + a speciﬁc condition, feeling or stand = an effective thesis statement SUBJECT e.g. “The Battle of the Bulge was the most important battle of WWII as it both ensured and sped up Germany’s eventual defeat.”SPECIFIC FEELING Adapted from Writer’s Inc.
Write your thesis statement! Take a few minutes now to construct your thesis statement. Even though others are doing the same subject, your thesis should be unique
Thesis Statement It should be only 1 or 2 sentences Have at least two classmates proofread your thesis.
Peer Proofreadexchange your thesis statement with aclassmateproofread the thesis based on thefollowing checklist...
Thesis Checklistidentiﬁes a speciﬁc, limited subject...focuses on a particular feeling or feature of thesubjectis stated in a clear, direct sentence (orsentences)...can be supported with convincing facts anddetails..meets the requirements of the assignment Adapted from Writer’s Inc.
Final Thesis StatementOnce you have your thesis statement backfrom your peer proofreader, make anynecessary changes to reﬁne it.
Final Thesis StatementOnce you have your thesis statement backfrom your peer proofreader, make anynecessary changes to reﬁne it.Now... we’re ready to write anintroduction...
Step 4 - The Introduction1. Topic sentence2. Thesis statement3. Preview of arguments4. Background & context
IntroductionWrite your introduction paragraphWhen you ﬁnish writing yourintroduction, have at least two classmatesread it and make suggestions orcorrections in a different colour penBe sure the proofreader puts their nameon the page!
Checklist for IntroductionClearly indicates the subjectShares some thought-provoking orinteresting detail(s) about the subjectPreviews the three main points of the essayHas a clear thesis statementProvides some background informationabout the subject
Re-write your introductionUsing the feedback from your classmates...make any necessary changes to ﬁx yourintroduction
Step 5 - The main body 3 paragraphs 1 for each of your arguments
Main Body Paragraphs1. Topic sentence2. One argument per paragraph!3. Use facts to justify your position4. Transitions
Step 6 - The Conclusion“See? I told you so!”Refer back to thesis statementSummarize main points
Final StepsPeer proofread (at least one)Adult/teacher proofread (at least one)Final product - all drafts handed in, stapledtogether & ﬁnal essay typed double-spacedand submitted via turnitin.comDue date will be set on Friday :)
using turnitin.com create an account if you don’t have one already joining the class uploading your assignment
CHECKLIST1. To be turned in as hard copy: 1.1. Idea map/outline 1.2. All drafts, proofs and revisions of thesis statement 1.3. Proofread draft introduction 1.4. Rough draft of essay with proofreading notes from 2 proofreaders (at least one adult or senior)2. To be turned in on turnitin.com 2.1. Final essay in MLA format.★ DUE FRIDAY DECEMBER 10