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The example essay lecture

  1. 1. The Example Essay<br />(Also known as an illustration essay)<br />
  2. 2. Use multiple examples to provide sufficient evidence to persuade the reader<br />Use straight-forward examples for an audience unfamiliar with the topic<br />Use complex examples for an audience familiar with the topic<br />Considering Audience and Purpose<br />
  3. 3. The thesis in an example essay is the generalization that you will support with examples.<br />Let’s say you are writing a paper on racial stereotyping on television.<br />The thesis in the example essay simply states that racial stereotyping on television exists.<br />Developing Your Thesis<br />
  4. 4. Our familial roots help to determine the individual routes we take.<br />
  5. 5. Jot down all of the instances or situations you can think of that show the thesis.<br />Close your eyes and visualize situations that relate to the thesis.<br />Discuss the thesis with a classmate. Try to match or better each other’s examples.<br />Brainstorming for The Thesis<br />
  6. 6. Choose relevant examples<br />Choose a variety of useful examples<br />Choose representative examples<br />Choose accurate and specific examples<br />Choose striking examples<br />Choosing Examples<br />
  7. 7. It is a paradox that each person must attend to his/her individual needs in order to become a member of his/her family. <br />
  8. 8. Use each paragraph to express one key idea; the example or examples in that paragraph should illustrate that key idea.<br />Use the topic sentence in each paragraph to make a point that each example illustrates.<br />Drafting the Example Essay<br />
  9. 9. Provide sufficient detail about each example.<br />Use transitions to move your readers from one example to another.<br />Begin with an effective introduction – spark readers’ interest and include background information.<br />End with an effective conclusion – review the thesis and main points and pull all of your ideas together in a final statement.<br />Drafting the Example Essay<br />
  10. 10. Tension can arise between belonging to the familial group and needing to express ourselves differently than our parents.<br />
  11. 11. Examples without a point do not help your essay.<br />Beware of piling on too many examples. <br />Lacking an initial thesis statement doesn’t give the examples a sense of purpose. Remember, your thesis statement is arguing that a certain condition or phenomenon exits.<br /> Beware of a lack of transitions between examples. <br />Mistakes to Watch Out For<br />
  12. 12. I. Introduction<br />· States general idea to be proved (thesis statement)<br />II. Body<br />· Provides example(s) or illustration(s) which support(s) the thesis<br />III. Conclusion<br />· Restates the thesis and draws some conclusion from the paper; in the case of our example of racial stereotypes on television, the conclusion might suggest that television also offers many positive racial models, and that viewers must simply use discretion in absorbing what they see and hear on television.<br />Example Essay Structure<br />

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