Elements of Writing

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Elements of Writing

  1. 1. EssentialElementsof Writing
  2. 2. Thesis statements
  3. 3. Should be…Interesting Significant Problematic
  4. 4. Open-form WritingA series ofwell-supporteddescriptions,includingscenes,dialogue,characterdevelopment,etc.
  5. 5. Closed-form WritingSingle declarative sentence that summarizesthe entire essay.
  6. 6. Example:That rates of skin cancer have increasedsteadily since the 1920s reveals thedanger of the American obsession withgetting a „healthy‟ tan.
  7. 7. A thesis statement shouldindicate what questions are being answered in the essay.
  8. 8. For example…How can this… …help these? MS Lupus Crohn‟s Disease Ulcerative Colitis Sjogren‟s Disease Asthma/Allergies
  9. 9. Thesis: Hookworms are proven to have a beneficial effect on anumber of autoimmune diseases and may be considered a viable treatment protocol in the near future.
  10. 10. Should state/imply the word “BECAUSE…”
  11. 11. In-Class Activity
  12. 12. Purpose
  13. 13. Reflect AnalyzeExpress Persuade Educate
  14. 14. All essays have two purposes.
  15. 15. For the Writer
  16. 16. For the Reader
  17. 17. …But who is your reader?
  18. 18. YOUR AUDIENCE!KNOW
  19. 19. The writer CHOOSES her audience.
  20. 20. You arenever your ownaudience.
  21. 21. Narrow down your audience
  22. 22. Ask personal questions about your audience… Age? Religion? Sense of humor? Money? Formal education?
  23. 23. What do they want and how will they react to what you’ve written?
  24. 24. In-class activityWrite a text messageto a friend tellinghim/her that you‟retoo sick to go out.Also write a shortemail to an employeror professorexplaining anabsence from work orschool.How are thesedifferent?
  25. 25. Tone: theemotionalquality of writing
  26. 26. Consistency in tone
  27. 27. Contrasting Tones informal formallight, humorous, comic serious, grave, decorous personal, subjective objective, impersonal casual, offhanded impassioned"loose," rambunctious reasoned, reasonable zany, experimental controlled, reserved plainspoken, simple ornate, elaborate
  28. 28. Apathy is not an option! Meh.
  29. 29. STYLE…is your voice coming through How you dress your essay up
  30. 30. Sentence variety use of figurative active verb language choice (similes and metaphors) use of punctuation use of voice (dashes, (1st person or semicolons, 3rd) parenthesis)
  31. 31. Support How?
  32. 32. Put everything… in contextContemporary Cultural ContextHistorical Context
  33. 33. Building context with empathyThere is more about us that is alike than different.
  34. 34. In-Class activityWrite about the most exciting night of your life from your own perspective
  35. 35. In-Class ActivityTake that same experience and write about it from another person’s perspective.How does it change?

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