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    • Essay WritingCourtesy of Warren Hierl
    • • Writing is thinking on paper. It doesn’t matter how well you say nothing, it is still nothing. There is ONLY one best choice and arrangement of words to express a given idea • You are writing to impress an AP reader who will have approximately 2 minutes with your essay. You must convince the reader that you are an intelligent life-form.http://www.alienabductionhelp.com/hamilton_aliens.jpg
    • • Read the question carefully and focus your discussion on directly answering that question. Emphasize the following – Analyze or assess the DEGREE to which a statement is true – Analyze or assess the IMPACT of an event or concept on some aspect of American society – Analyze or assess the RELATIVE IMPORTANCE of various factors on an event or concept. – Analyze or assess the EXTENT to which a historical stereotype is true for a given period or concept – Analyze or assess the REASONS that cause a particular mov’t to develop – COMPARING and CONTRASTING differing attitudes toward a general concept or policy or different factors over time.
    • • Analyze means: examine HOW and WHY• Use the core structure (let me go over this with you)
    • “Hit ‘em with a brick” Begin with a well- developed thesis statement that does more than repeat the question. It should 2. ANSWER THE QUESTION 3. TAKE A POSITION 4. ESTABLISH ORGANIZATIONAL CATERGORIEShttp://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1060063/2/istockphoto_1060063_single_brick.jpg
    • I. Well developed thesis statement that directly answers the question, takes a position(interpretation), and establishes organizational categories. Your thesis statement should NOT belonger than two sentences. A. Most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed, directlyanswers the question, and takes a position on this particular category. 1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understanding of how this information supports the thesis (interpretive commentary). 2.Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary.5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis. B. Next most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed, directly answers the question, and takes a position on this particular category. 1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understanding of how this information supports your thesis (interpretive commentary). 2. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis. C. Next most important topic sentence which introduces the category to be discussed,directly answers the question, and takes a position on this particular category. 1. Most important specific factual information (SFI) which demonstrates both knowledge of the material and an understanding of how this information supports your thesis (interpretive commentary). 2. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 3. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 4. Next most important same as above. Interpretive commentary. 5. Clincher sentence which ties the paragraph directly back to the thesis. Repeat A, B, and C as many times as necessary to completely answer the question. II. Conclusion which restates the thesis in different words.
    • Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence which defends your thesis and directly answers the question and support it with as much specific factual information as you can. Do not merely list or describe information but use it to prove your thesis. Explain how and why the specific information supports your point of view (interpretative commentary) Avoid “vomit” essays in which you merely throw-up information in a random matter without http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/cuba/vomit.jpg relating it back to your thesis.
    • “Kill the damn dog” Keep your essay focused on answering the question. The reader knows how this will turn out so just kill the dog Example: "See Spot run. Spot runs past Dick. The grass is wet. See Spot run past Jane. Dick has a stick. The sun is shining. Hear Baby cry. Spot runs into the road. Spot gets hit by a car." "While running across the yard to avoid being hit by a stick that Dick was swinging, Spot was blinded by the morning sun reflecting off the dewy grass, ran into thehttp://xrlq.com/Images/ugly_sam.jpg road, and was hit by a car.”
    • End each paragraph with a clincher sentence that ties the entire paragraph directly back to the thesis statement.http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2418881/2/istockphoto_2418881_important_remember_ribbon_tied_on_finger_as_reminder_close_up.jpg
    • Always focus on the complexity of history. Demonstrate that you understand the concept of multi- causation/ multi- effect. Bring as much depth and breadth into the essay as possible. http://www.tml.tkk.fi/~pnr/FAT/Cellular-Complexity.gif
    • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Unclesamwantyou.Essays must always be written in dark blue or dark black ink. Penmanship, spelling, and grammar make a difference because they subconsciously affect the ability of the reader to extract information from your essay and they interfere with the logical flow of the essay. Use only past tense and DO NOT attempt to make your essay relevant to todays world. Use only third person. Avoid starting sentences with pronouns.
    • The question every reader asks themselves at the end of an essay is, "How sophisticated a knowledge of history has this student demonstrated in this essay?" The demonstrated level of sophistication will ultimately determine the grade.• REMEMBER THE CORE STRUCTURE