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Supplementary materialCompiled by M.Ed. Maria Luisa Mu, 2012-2013
What is an Essay? An essay is a group of paragraphswritten about a single topic and a centralmain idea. It must have at ...
The Structure of an Essay The Introduction: Explains the topic withgeneral ideas. It also has the thesis statement andcom...
The Thesis Statement The thesis statement is the sentence thattells the main idea of the whole essay. It can be compared...
The Introduction… … is usually five to ten sentences. … catches the reader´s interest. … gives the general topic of the...
How to make an introductioninteresting Include … …interesting facts or statistics. … a personal story or example. … an...
The thesis statementTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
Thesis Statements for LogicalDivision of Ideas The thesis statement of a logical divisionessay often indicates the number...
Writing an OutlineI. IntroductionII. First main ideaIII. Second main ideaIV. Third main ideaV. Conclusion
Outlining information for theparagraphsI. Introduction•A. First supporting pointII. First main idea• 1. First detail• 2. S...
Outlining an EssayTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan2005
Supporting paragraphsTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan2005
Concluding PARAGRAPH The conclusion has three purposes: It signals the end of the essay startingwith a transition signal...
Techniques for a memorableConclusion: Make a prediction Suggest results or consequences Suggest a solution, make arecom...
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  1. 1. Supplementary materialCompiled by M.Ed. Maria Luisa Mu, 2012-2013
  2. 2. What is an Essay? An essay is a group of paragraphswritten about a single topic and a centralmain idea. It must have at least three paragraphs,but a five-paragraph essay is a commonlength for academic writing.Taken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  3. 3. The Structure of an Essay The Introduction: Explains the topic withgeneral ideas. It also has the thesis statement andcomes at or near the end of the paragraph. The Main body: Explain and support the thesisstatement. The conclusion: Summarises or restates thethesis and the supporting ideas of the essay.Taken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  4. 4. The Thesis Statement The thesis statement is the sentence thattells the main idea of the whole essay. It can be compared to a topic sentence,which gives the main idea of a paragraph. It usually comes at or near the end of theintroductory paragraph.Taken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  5. 5. The Introduction… … is usually five to ten sentences. … catches the reader´s interest. … gives the general topic of the essay. … gives background information aboutthe topic. … states the main point (thesisstatement) of the essay.Taken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  6. 6. How to make an introductioninteresting Include … …interesting facts or statistics. … a personal story or example. … an interesting quotation.Taken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  7. 7. The thesis statementTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan 2005
  8. 8. Thesis Statements for LogicalDivision of Ideas The thesis statement of a logical divisionessay often indicates the number ofsuptopics. Ex: Inflation has three causes. It may even name the specific subtopics: Ex: Inflation has three causes: excessivegovernment spending, unrestrained consumerborrowing, an increase in the supply of papermoney.Taken from: Writing Academic English, Oshima, A & Hogue, Pearson Longman, 2006
  9. 9. Writing an OutlineI. IntroductionII. First main ideaIII. Second main ideaIV. Third main ideaV. Conclusion
  10. 10. Outlining information for theparagraphsI. Introduction•A. First supporting pointII. First main idea• 1. First detail• 2. Second detailB. Second supporting point• 1. First detail• 2. Second detail
  11. 11. Outlining an EssayTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan2005
  12. 12. Supporting paragraphsTaken from: Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay, Zemach, D. & Rumisek, L. Macmillan2005
  13. 13. Concluding PARAGRAPH The conclusion has three purposes: It signals the end of the essay startingwith a transition signal. It reminds your reader of your mainpoints by summarizing your subtopics orparaphrasing your thesis. It leaves your reader with your finalthoughts on the topic.Taken from: Writing Academic English, Oshima, A & Hogue, Pearson Longman, 2006
  14. 14. Techniques for a memorableConclusion: Make a prediction Suggest results or consequences Suggest a solution, make arecommendation, or call for action Quote an authority on the topicTaken from: Writing Academic English, Oshima, A & Hogue, Pearson Longman, 2006
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