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  • 1. Essay Structure and Organization
    Natasha Luepke
  • 2. Agenda
    Essay Organization
    Essay Structure
    Intros
    Conclusions
  • 3. Sequential
    Chronological
    Spatial
    Division and classification
    Decreasing order of importance
    Increasing order of importance
    General to specific
    Comparison
    Some Ways to Organize
  • 4. Making a sandwich
    Posting to the Kaplan discussion board
    Dinner options
    Using a new database at the office
    Pros and cons of using email
    Explaining why your favorite TV is the best
    What are some ways to organize the following?
  • 5. Thinking about Structure
    An essay’s “skeleton”
    General to specific, specific to general
    Hook the reader
    Explain main point (thesis)
    Support main point
    Reiterate main points
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8. Introductions
    Hook the reader. Draw them in.
    Strategies: A surprising fact, a startling statistic.
    Connect this to the essay’s theme. Why should the reader care?
    Expand on this.
    Move into the paper’s main point.
  • 9. Introductions
    Hook the reader. Draw them in.
    Strategies: A surprising fact, a startling statistic.
    “Many people do not realize that 75% of all paper is thrown away, instead of recycled (Smith, 2009).”
    Connect this to the essay’s theme. Why should the reader care?
    “This translates to a lot of wasted resources and a lot of wasted money.”
    Expand on this.
    “However, there are many things this company can do to save both.”
    Move into the paper’s main point:
    “Creating a company-wide recycling program will benefit not only the environment, but this company’s bottom line.”
    Is the thesis debatable? Yes. Why? Maybe there are better ways to save money. Maybe it will cost too much money to start this program. Maybe the company should do more than just start a recycling program.
  • 10. Sample Intro
    Many people do not realize that 75% of all paper is thrown away, instead of recycled (Smith, 2009). This translates to a lot of wasted resources and a lot of wasted money. However, there are many things this company can do to save both. Creating a company-wide recycling program will benefit not only the environment, but this company’s bottom line.
  • 11. Conclusions
    Mirror the intro
    NO new ideas
    Restate main points/how they fit together
    Leave the reader with something to think about
  • 12. Conclusions
    Restate main points:
    “While it a recycling program might initially cost the company in the short run, in the long run, it will pay for itself. Recycling will save paper, save, money, and save time.”
    Show how they fit together:
    “In turn, this company can spend more time on the important things, such as designing useful products and offering terrific customer service. This will improve the company’s image and allow it to reach new customers.”
    Leave the reader with something to think about:
    “By helping the environment, this company can also help its employees, and itself.”
  • 13. Sample Conclusion
    While it a recycling program might initially cost the company in the short run, in the long run, it will pay for itself. Recycling will save paper, save, money, and save time. In turn, this company can spend more time on the important things, such as designing useful products and offering terrific customer service. This will improve the company’s image and allow it to reach new customers. By helping the environment, this company can also help its employees, and itself.