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  • 1. WHAT IS AN ESSAY? •It is an organized piece of writing that focuses on a single topic. •It is organized around a general idea or thesis.
  • 2. THESIS THESIS develops from all the main ideas in the supporting paragraphs. Paragraphas that develope the thesis are the BODY of the essay. Begins with an INTRODUCTION. Ends with a CONCLUDING paragraph.
  • 3. THESIS What are you writing about and supporting throughout your essay? Like the main idea in the paragraph, it is a generalization and includes all paragraphs in your essay.
  • 4. THESIS STATEMENT A sentence in the essay that states the thesis. Usually expressed in the first paragraph, as part of the introduction. It should not be neither too general, nor too specific.
  • 5. WHY WRITE AN ESSAY? Writing an essay helps us express our ideas more clealy and effectively. It helps us to convey much information in a small amount of space.
  • 6. PARTS OF AN ESSAY 1. INTRODUCTION  The reader’s first contact with the topic from your perspective.  Major influence on the reader’s desire to keep reading.  Reader begins to evaluate the essay, based on the introduction.
  • 7. INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH Make a bridge to connect the attention getting sentence to our thesis statement. Conclude introductory paragraph with the most important idea of the essay, the THESIS STATEMENT.
  • 8. BODY OF AN ESSAY  Set of paragraphs that develope the idea expressed in the thesis statement.  Make a list of main ideas that support the thesis statement. Each idea becomes the main idea sentences for a body paragraph.  Plan out each body paragraph by listing major details that support each main idea.  Each paagraph may end with a concluding sentence.
  • 9. CONCLUSION OF AN ESSAY To leave the reader with a positive impression, a sense of completeness, and the inclination to think about the topic. Usually a short, single paragraph. It should not give more information about the topic. It can be a restatement of the thesis.
  • 10. ESSAY OUTLINE 1) INTRODUCTION  THESIS STATEMENT 2) BODY  Body paragraph 1: main idea 1 + major details  Body paragraph 2: main idea 2 + major details  Body paragraph 3: main idea 3 + major details 3) CONCLUSION  Partial restatement of the thesis statement.  A conclusionthat clarifies the thesis.  A concluding remark about the importance of the topic.
  • 11. TYPES OF ESSAYS 1. Descriptive Essays 2. Narrative Essays 3. Cause andEffect Essays 4. Comparison and Contrast Essays 5. Classification Essays 6. Problem- Solution Essays 7. Persuasive Essays 8. Mixed Pattern Essays
  • 12. REFERENCES Resnick, J. Lester, L. (2003). Text and thought an integrated approach to college reading and writing. NY: Longman.