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  • 1. The Writing Process: Making Your Words Work for You
    CURR 1011
    Project 2
    Prairie View A&M University
  • 2. Organizing ideas
  • 3. Outline
    Creates a “map” of your essay
    Includes
    Thesis Statement
    Topics
    Concrete Details (Major Supporting Details)
    Commentary (Minor Supporting Details)
    Crucial for success on college-level essays
  • 4. Thesis Statement
    Main Idea of the essay
    Includes SUBJECT + OPINION/ASSERTION about the subject
    MUST be present in EVERY essay
    GLUE that holds the essay together
  • 5. Topic Sentences
    Main idea of a supporting paragraph
    Directly related to the thesis statement
    Supported/Explained by supporting details
  • 6. Supporting Details
    CONCRETE DETAILS
    MAJOR supporting detail
    Elaborates on topic sentence
    COMMENTARY
    MINOR supporting detail
    Elaborates on each concrete detail
    BOTH are used together to fully explain the point introduced in the topic sentence.
  • 7. Sample Outline
    Thesis Statement: Poverty is filth that can’t be cleaned, help that isn’t wanted and memories that can’t be erased.
    Body Paragraph 1:
    Topic Sentence: Poverty is dirt.
    Supporting Detail 1 (CD): Housekeeping with no money
    Commentary: Breakfast
    Commentary: Soap
    Supporting Detail 2 (CD): No Luxuries
    Commentary: Vaseline
    Commentary: Hot water
    Adapted from the essay “What is Poverty” by Jo Goodwin Parker
  • 8. Application
    Complete the outline for the remaining Topic Sentences:
    Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help.
    CD:
    cm:
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    CD:
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    Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering.
    CD:
    cm:
    cm:
    CD:
    cm:
    cm:
  • 9. Application – How did you do?
    Topic Sentence 2: Poverty is asking for help.
    CD: Difficulty in asking
    cm: Only way out
    cm: Asking for children, not for self
    CD: Process of asking - frustrating
    cm: Never the right person
    cm: Never the right office
    Topic Sentence 3: Poverty is remembering.
    CD: Never the right office
    cm: Cruel children
    cm: Started working
    CD: Getting Married
    cm: Happy at first
    cm: Things got worse
  • 10. Homework
    Part 3 – Outline –Check guidelines for due date
    Part 4 – Annotated Bibliography - Check guidelines for due date
    Not following the assigned formats for your submissions will result in a grade reduction. Please pay close attention to assignment guidelines.