First, answer these questions about Toufexis’s essay• First, summarize the story.• How does Toufexis “Hook the Reader”?• How does Toufexis focus her plan?• How does she create a logical plan?
Is this how you summarized it? Hooking the reader
Here is how Toufexis hooks the reader: did you identify these strategies? o The title—”Love: The Right Chemistry” o The epigraph quoting Greta Garbo’s line from the film Ninotchka. o The conversational tone of the essay • Using “O.K.” and “Let’s” rather than the more formal “let us.” Focusing the Plan
Focusing the Plan What She Does What She Does Not Do• She focuses on certain • Because she wants to scientific aspects of emphasize love as a tool romantic love, specifically to promote reproduction, the evolutionary biology and she does NOT include neurochemistry of love same-sex love, or between adult human nonsexual love between heterosexual mates. friends and family• By keeping to her focus, members she is able to present information that is • She does NOT discuss unfamiliar, and therefore views on love by various interesting, to her readers. religions or cultures. A logical plan
Here is her logical plan: She provides clues for the reader o Introduction of topic o Transitions o Thesis o ForecastIntroduction of Concept: Paragraph 1: She announces that she is writing about “romanticlove,” a concept that she will address with “scientific precision.”Thesis: Paragraph 2: What seems on the surface to be irrational, intoxicated behavior is infact part of nature’s master strategy—a vital force that has helped humans survive, thrive,and multiply through thousands of years”Forecast: In paragraph two: “Love rests firmly on the foundations of evolution, biology, andchemistry.”Toufexis also uses transitions to let the readers know when she is leaving one topic andgoing to another: here is the transition from biology to neurochemistry:
Remember your Goal! You will write a concept essay much like one of these we read in class
Remember the assignment! The Concept Essay Essay #3 • Topic: Write an essay about 750-1200 words a concept from The Hunger Games that interests you 125 points possible and that you want to study MLA-style formatting and further. When you have a citations good understanding of the Works Cited page must concept you have chosen, include three entries: The Hunger Games, A explain it to your readers, Dictionary or other defining considering carefully what source, and a book or they might already know article from a credible about it and how your essay source. might add to what they know.
Try this brainstorming drill again• Consider topics for your essay from The Hunger Games. o Consider two different possibilities. o Write a paragraph for one of them, sketching out what you already know about the concept.
Homework• Read: HG through chapter 19; SMG 148-163• Post #22: o Finish and post your concept paragraph. o Find two different definitions for your concept. One can be from a dictionary.• Post #23: Name the two concepts about which you wrote paragraphs (one from today and one from yesterday). Find a few lines from The Hunger Games that illustrate each concept. Copy them into your post, and then explain how the example demonstrates, defines, or embodies the concept.• Study: Vocab (10-18)• Bring: SMG to Class