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Covers forging of the thesis and how this flows into outline and supporting paragraphs with examples, details, quotes, case studies.

Covers forging of the thesis and how this flows into outline and supporting paragraphs with examples, details, quotes, case studies.

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  • 1. Organize Your WritingShape thoughts and examples into an outline with a thesis and supporting paragraphs
  • 2. 4 Steps for WritingPre-Writing ̶ Brainstorm ideas, draft thesis, organize outlineWriting ̶ Intro leads into thesis and supporting paragraphs, etcRevising ̶ Add, Cut, Change, RewriteProofreading ̶ Look at the whole, and then check each word and letter
  • 3. Pre-WritingGather information, data, thoughts, quotes.Determine your purpose/focus for writing.Analyze your reader (audience)Write your thesis statement ̶ Main idea in one sentence stated as argument or opinionWrite your outline ̶ It gains its organizational structure from your thesis
  • 4. Try This Outline StructureI. Introduction A. open with quick scene or startling statement B. leading into thesis imbedded with ideas #A, #B, [#C], etc.II. Body of essay A. Idea #A from thesis  Support with personal example, case study, quote, etc. B. Idea #B from thesis (2 or more)  Support with personal example, case study, quote, etc.III. Conclusion ̶ Wrap it up, echo your thesis
  • 5. WritingLet thoughts flow into your outline.Write a captivating lead, leading into thesis.Use supporting detail for each section ofoutline.Stick to the thesis and supporting subjects.Wrap it up in conclusion.Check to make sure writing fits youraudience.
  • 6. RevisingLook at the whole – Check overallorganizationCheck for strong introduction and conclusionCheck for clear topic sentence in eachparagraphCheck for emphasis and consistencyLook at the parts - sentences and words ̶ Clarity, Wordiness, Redundancy
  • 7. ProofreadingCheck sentence structureCheck for grammar and dictionCheck for punctuationCheck spelling and typos
  • 8. Proofread for commonly misspelled wordsIts/it’s choose/choseTo/too/two accept/exceptThere/their/they’re where/wearYour/you’re lose/looseaffect/effect precede/proceedwho’s/whose illusion/allusionthan/then farther/further