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  • 1. ESSAY• “Exigere” (latin) : "to examine, test”• series of paragraph on a particular topic• to test or examine students’ ideas concerning a particular topic
  • 2. Purpose of EssayThe purpose of an essay is toencourage students to developideas and concepts in theirwriting with a direction morethan their ownthoughts.
  • 3. •I have to say something.•I have something to say.
  • 4. Parts of an Essay•Introduction•Body•Conclusion
  • 5. Introduction-paragraph that tells the reader where you want to go and how you want to go there.-attracts enough the reader for them to read further-communicates the central message-includes your thesis statement
  • 6. Suggestions for an Interesting Introduction1. Tell an Interesting or Unusual Story2. Use a relevant or appropriate quotation3. Ask a though provoking question4. Give a startling Fact
  • 7. Body-paragraphs that may describe, define, explain, or illustrate the thesis statement-expands the central idea of your thesis statement
  • 8. Body-give the thesis the necessary support through exemplification, explanation, or clarification-each paragraph should discuss one major point that supports the thesis statement
  • 9. Conclusion-paragraph that wraps up your final thoughts about the writing topic or thesis-put the final touches in your essay-reminds the reader the central idea of your essay
  • 10. Conclusion-do not just repeat the thesis rather restate it with a sharper focus-closure to your essay
  • 11. Introduction Attention getter Transition/ General Statement Thesis statement Third Major Point sub-point in support of the major point specific detail or examples First Major Pointsub-point in support of the major point specific detail or examples Conclusion Reiteration of the thesis Final thought about Second Major Point the topicsub-point in support of the major point specific detail or examples
  • 12. Genres of Essay• Expository Essays• Descriptive Essays• Narrative Essays• Argumentative (Persuasive) Essays
  • 13. Expository Essay• a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner
  • 14. Expository Essay• accomplished through comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc
  • 15. Descriptive Essay• describes an object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc• encourages the student’s ability to create a written account of a particular experience• allows for a great deal of artisticfreedom
  • 16. Narrative Essay• anecdotal, experiential, and personal— allowing the student to express herself in a creative and, quite often, moving way• include an introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion.
  • 17. Argumentative Essay• requires the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate, and evaluate evidence, and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner
  • 18. Review• How important is the introduction in an essay?• Why should the ‘body’ have at least three major supporting details?• What will happen if your essay does not have a conclusion?
  • 19. References:• Plata, Sterling M., et.al. (2006). Keys to Critical Reading and Writing I. English Proficiency and Personal Leadership Workbook for College Success. (2nd ed.). Laguna: Trailblazer Publications.• http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/ 685/1/