The Simple Guide To More Complex Writing


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The Simple Guide To More Complex Writing

  1. 1. The Essay The Simple Guide To More Complex Writing
  2. 2. What is an essay? <ul><li>An essay is a group of paragraphs that are written in response to a given topic. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of paragraphs varies, but a standard essay usually contains five. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do we begin? <ul><li>We begin by getting a writing topic. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>“What is your favorite holiday?” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Example <ul><li>Now that we know what our topic is we can begin our planning stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe it or not, this stage is where you’ll spend most of your time, not the writing stage. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Thinking Maps <ul><li>The first thing we need for planning is this nice donut shaped circle. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Inside </li></ul><ul><li>The small </li></ul><ul><li>Circle, we </li></ul><ul><li>Write our </li></ul><ul><li>Topic: In this case I have chosen Christmas as my favorite Holiday </li></ul>Christmas is my favorite Holiday
  7. 7. Inside the large circle: <ul><li>Let’s say that inside the large circle we wrote down the following ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Santa, carols, decorations, snow, presents, trees, lights, wreaths, family, friends, cards. </li></ul><ul><li>We have a great list here. But we’re not going to use everything on it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Even though all the ideas are great, we want to choose just three to write about. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll save the others just in case we have trouble with one of our choices. We’ll have great ideas to fall back on. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, this is the planning stage, we can make lots of changes here. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our choices: <ul><li>Santa </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Decorations </li></ul><ul><li>Now we have it narrowed down to three. Let’s figure out what order we’re going to put them in. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The order: <ul><li>1. Santa </li></ul><ul><li>2. Decorations </li></ul><ul><li>3. Family </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve chosen to write about them in this order. Your order may be different. Any order you choose is fine. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The next step: <ul><li>The flow chart: </li></ul><ul><li>____ ____ ____ </li></ul><ul><li>____ ____ ____ </li></ul><ul><li>____ ____ ____ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Using the flow chart <ul><li>We put our choices in the boxes, in the order we chose them. The lines under the boxes are for adding details. </li></ul><ul><li>Each detail will help support the idea listed in the box. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Believe it or not, we actually have the body of our essay figured out. </li></ul><ul><li>Now that we know what are body paragraphs are about, we can safely begin writing our opening paragraph. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Now that really wasn’t so hard was it? </li></ul><ul><li>Lets recap: </li></ul><ul><li>Opening paragraph = 4 sentences </li></ul><ul><li>1 st body paragraph = 4 sentences </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd body paragraph = 4 sentences </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd body paragraph = 4 sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Closing paragraph = 4 sentences </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Ok, what are you sitting there for. Let’s start writing. </li></ul>