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A reminder about how to put together an essay, focussed particularly on the essay assigned during the Of Mice and Men unit.

A reminder about how to put together an essay, focussed particularly on the essay assigned during the Of Mice and Men unit.

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    Of Mice and Men Essay Of Mice and Men Essay Presentation Transcript

    • An essay EEK! How do I make one of those?
    • Brainstorming and Searching
      • Come up with your ideas – the meat of your thinking.
        • Do it first – this will tell you whether you have enough material to write the essay
      • Track through the book and find the details and QUOTES you need
        • Just like those research papers you did last year
        • It’s too hard to think of details when you’re trying to think about making a good sentence.
    • Searching with a Purpose
      • Know your topic sentences BEFORE you begin writing the essay.
      • It’s most helpful to know the topic sentences’ ideas even before you search for quotes
        • Then, when you search, you have a purpose – a goal
    • The Thesis
      • Make sure you mention the important information in your thesis
        • The thesis answers the question of the essay
        • It also mentions the character
      • Write it before you begin your essay.
        • You can rework it later to make it blend with the rest of your introduction.
        • Doing it before helps you focus your introduction.
    • Introduction
      • Begins with an attention-grabber
        • A startling statement
        • A small story (anecdote)
        • A quote
        • A fact
        • An interesting observation
      • Focuses attention from attention grabber to thesis (a transition)
        • MUST mention book’s title and author in it
      • Last sentence of introduction is thesis
    • Supporting Paragraphs
      • Each one begins with a topic sentence
        • The topic sentences state the main idea of the paragraphs.
        • They also help make the transition from the paragraphs before them.
        • A topic sentence makes a claim – it does NOT summarize the plot !!!
      • Filled with details related to the topic sentence - that support/defend the claim
      • Finishes with a clincher statement, leaving reader with a reminder of the paragraph’s point
    • Topic Sentence Makes a Claim
      • A topic sentence makes a claim – it does NOT summarize the plot !!!
      • Possible topic sentence:
        • The boss has a commanding presence.
        • Makes a statement that needs to be defended with plot details
      • NOT topic sentence
        • The boss’s entrance changed Candy’s demeanor immediately.
        • This is plot summary – the claim needs to be obvious and stated explicitly for the T.Sent.
    • Referencing the text
      • Must cite the text accurately and properly in text
        • This means you’ll need the page numbers
        • You’ll also need direct quotes
      • How this is formatted will be a lesson on another day
    • Concluding Paragraph
      • Always begins with the thesis statement
        • Can be worded slightly differently than the first time
        • Go ahead – cut and paste it in the conclusion
      • Reminds reader about the main points
        • This is often a recasting of the clincher sentences
      • Leaves reader with a thought to ponder
        • This is the final statement of the essay
        • Works well if this relates to the attention grabber at the beginning