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Essay Writing

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Series of essay writing lessons.

Series of essay writing lessons.

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  • 1. Essay Writing Lessons ENG 4U
  • 2. Essay Writing Lessons
    • Essay Structure
    • Essay Outline
    • Moving from Topic to Essay
    • Organizing the Essay Body
    • Essay Format
    • Hints & Tips
  • 3. Essay Structure The framework of your writing
  • 4. Essay Structure
  • 5. Structure
    • Introductory Paragraph
    • - introduce & ease reader into topic
    • - move from general sentences to specific ones
    • - end with your thesis statement
    • Eg: life – literature – book – topic – thesis
    • life – history – people – topic – book - thesis
  • 6. Structure
    • Thesis
    • - An arguable statement, making clear the position the author takes on a topic
    • - Depends upon your purpose & audience
    • (Topic = what the text is “about;” the subject addressed by a text
    • Eg: greed, love, hope, jealousy, etc.)
  • 7. Structure
    • Body Paragraphs
    • - where you prove your thesis
    • Body Paragraph Structure:
    • 1. Point (topic sentence: proves thesis)
    • 2. Proofs (as many as are practical)
    • 3. Comment (relates proofs to thesis)
  • 8. Structure
    • Concluding Paragraph
    • - re-state your thesis
    • - move from specific sentences to general ones
    • - ease reader away from essay, and back to real life again (theme statement)
  • 9. Structure
    • The Rebuttal Paragraph
    • - Acknowledge points of opposing argument
    • - Minimize the validity of these points
    • * Insert after your introductory paragraph!
  • 10. Essay Outline
    • What’s required
    • Marks for summative
  • 11. Essay Outline
    • Thesis (2)
    • List of rebuttal points (3)
    • For each body paragraph: (3X4)
    • - Full topic sentence
    • - Proofs in point form
    • - Full comment sentence
    • Thesis restatement in different words (1)
    • Theme statement (2)
  • 12. Moving from Topic to Essay … in 8 easy steps!
  • 13. Moving from Topic to Essay
    • Read & understand topic
    • Dissect & brainstorm topic
    • Pick argument & brainstorm thesis
    • Form & test thesis
    • Brainstorm & organize support
    • List rebuttals
    • Write, Revise, Edit
    • Proofread & print good copy
  • 14. Organizing the Essay Body Principles & Development Methods
  • 15. Organizing the Essay Body
    • Organizing principle?
    • - chronology - cause & effect
    • - process - logic
    • Development method?
    • - define - classify
    • - analyze - describe
    • - compare - exemplify
  • 16. Essay Format MLA Style Presentation
  • 17. Hints & Tips Advice for top marks
  • 18. Hints & Tips
    • Do not write in 1 st person (avoid “I”)
    • Do not start a body / concluding paragraph with a quotation
    • Move from your weakest point to your strongest
    • Do not use contractions
    • Do not use colloquial language
    • Use the present tense
    • Refer to author by last name
    • Develop a creative title that relates to thesis
  • 19. Essay Writing Ask questions at any time!

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