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Example essay

  1. 1. ENGL 3104Prof. Mara Luna, M.Ed.
  2. 2. The Power of Culture and Language Both the culture we live in and the first language we learn to speak are powerful forces in shaping our behavior and worldview. From them we determine how to act in the world and how to make sense of it. Usually, we are unaware of the power of language until we experience firsthand a different culture or learn to speak a different language.
  3. 3. The Power of Culture and Language These activities help us to gain a perspective of our own culture and to see some of its unspoken but powerful rules. They also make us aware that, when two cultures meet, one culture can misunderstand or misinterpret the other.  What kind of rules do we follow every day without thinking about them? Do these rules help us to live in society or do they cause problems?  What problems can happen when two cultures have different ideas about what kind of behavior is acceptable? What can happen when mistranslations of words and concepts occur?  How has your culture shaped your behavior?
  4. 4. Building Vocabulary Connotations – implications, suggestions, or emotional associations of words from the point of view of the speaker. These associations can be favorable or unfavorable. Denotations – are the established, or dictionary, meanings of words. They do not imply or suggest favorable or unfavorable meanings.
  5. 5. Number of Examples The way you develop your topic depends on what the topic is and on what you want to say. Some topics require numerous examples, whereas other can be effectively developed with three or four extended examples (illustrations). Other topics require numerous examples for adequate development. A generalization based on an insufficient number of examples is a type of poor reasoning called a hasty generalization.
  6. 6. Choosing Fair Examples Because an example is a “representative member” of a class or category, the examples you use to develop the thesis statement should be representative examples, examples that fairly support the thesis. If all your examples were items of only one type, the examples would be unfairly chosen. You would need to either change your thesis to focus on your topic or chose examples that support the thesis as written.
  7. 7. Making Examples Complete In order to effectively support your thesis, you must make sure that the information that you give about each example is complete. This means you must also give some facts that relate to and support the controlling idea.
  8. 8. Organization of Examples The examples and details in an expository paragraph can be organized according to time, familiarity, and importance. In an example essay, the principle of organization is essentially the same.
  9. 9. Transitions Between Paragraphs Developmental paragraphs in the example essay must be connected so that they flow smoothly. This helps the reader understand clearly the progression of thought. An essay is incoherent if the paragraphs can be switched without significant change. There are two ways to connect paragraphs in an essay:  with transitional expressions  with the repetition of key words and phrases
  10. 10. Transitional Words and Phrasesfor ExamplesParagraph ExamplesFirst Developmental Paragraph For example One example One area of First, consider To begin ,considerMiddle Developmental Paragraphs Another example of An additional example Second, consider Still another example ofLast Developmental Paragraph Finally The most important example of The most significant example of
  11. 11. Additional ResourcesHow to Write an Example Essay http://www.wju.edu/arc/handouts/examp_illustr.pdfThe Example Essay http://www.slideshare.net/mmerrin2/the-example- essay-lectureExemplification Essay http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/academic- support-center/Exemplification_Essay.pdf

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