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The Essay - A Plan for Starting

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Provides strategies for drafting the essay including methods of organization, general thesis tips, and supporting idea information. This is for the general essay. Created by Coleman's Classroom.

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The Essay - A Plan for Starting

  1. 1. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net The Essay Plan Drafting
  2. 2. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net What is “Essay” A group of paragraphs with a beginning (introduction), middle (body) and end (conclusion) presenting a cohesive, coherent, and well developed examination or analysis of a topic.
  3. 3. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Introductory paragraph Body (supporting) paragraphs Concluding paragraph Traditional Essay Structure
  4. 4. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Steps for Essay 1. Write Intro 2. Write Body 3. Write Conclusion 4. Title 5. Combine
  5. 5. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Another Way 1. Working Thesis 2. Body Paragraphs 3. Introduction 4. Conclusion 5. Put Together
  6. 6. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Best Way? There is NO BEST way. Whatever works for YOU is YOUR process. Every essay is different.
  7. 7. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Two Steps Organize your supporting ideas: choose an appropriate method of organization. Write an essay plan: place your main and supporting ideas in an essay plan.
  8. 8. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Organization Basics Chronological –Time Emphatic –Importance Space –Top Bottom/ Left Right / Front Back
  9. 9. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Time Order… Details are arranged in sequence which occurred. Can be effective for the following: – Narrating a story – Explaining how to do something – Describing an event
  10. 10. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Time Transitions… after that first last eventually in the beginning meanwhile suddenly finally later next after then
  11. 11. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Emphatic Order … Arranges the details in a logical sequence. Some examples –Least to most important –General to specific –Least appealing to most appealing
  12. 12. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Emphatic Transitions… above all first in particular principally Clearly the most important especially last of course most importantly moreover the least important
  13. 13. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Spatial Order Provides Visualization for Specific Space. Some examples – Top to bottom – Bottom to top – Left to right – Right to left – From far to near – From near to far
  14. 14. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Spatial Transitions… above beneath nearly on top behind closer in toward on the bottom below under on the left farther out
  15. 15. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Mixed Organization Essays often use more than one Within a time order essay about a journey, a paragraph devoted to a particular place might use spatial order.
  16. 16. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net The Essay Plan Think Topic Sentence Outline!!
  17. 17. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Why a Plan? Can help you organize Thesis Statement and Supporting Ideas (TS) before writing. Saves time REQUIRED for each essay!!
  18. 18. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Key Steps 1.Writing a thesis statement 2.Developing the supporting ideas in body paragraphs 18
  19. 19. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Ask Yourself Does my thesis statement express the main idea of the essay? Does each body paragraph topic sentence support the thesis statement? Are my ideas well organized?
  20. 20. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net
  21. 21. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Should … 1. Be a Complete Sentence. Many students who love Halloween for lots of reasons.
  22. 22. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net 1. Be a Complete Sentence Thesis: There are many students who love Halloween for lots of reasons.
  23. 23. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Should … 2. Have a controlling idea This essay will be about my country.
  24. 24. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net 2. Have a controlling idea Thesis: People want to live in America for the many freedoms it offers.
  25. 25. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Should … 3. Be Supportable Too Broad: There are millions of reasons to be interested in the environment. Too Narrow: People litter.
  26. 26. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net 3. Be Supportable Thesis: Three things can help improve the environment.
  27. 27. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Should … 4. Make Valid Interesting Points Vague: Modern social networking can be dangerous.
  28. 28. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Obvious: The Internet has made communication easier.
  29. 29. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Invalid: The Internet is destroying the world.
  30. 30. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net 4. Make Valid Interesting Points Thesis: The internet has become a powerful presence in modern life affecting relationships and economics.
  31. 31. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Should … 5. Be Readily Identifiable – Usually last sentence of Introduction For OUR class, this is where thesis goes!!!!!
  32. 32. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net 6. Not Have GRAMMAR Errors. Most important sentence in essay shouldn’t have errors!!! Thesis Should …
  33. 33. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Revising Thesis 1.Ask yourself if you can support your thesis with at least 3 ideas. 2.To bring life to a thesis statement, make sure your thesis can answer the why, what, and how questions.
  34. 34. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Supporting Ideas Topic Sentences Paragraphs
  35. 35. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Thesis Support Thesis Statement Must Be Supported the Body Paragraphs. Body Paragraphs Must Develop and Prove the Thesis Statement.
  36. 36. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Topic Sentence … Is the Main Idea of Paragraph. Has a Controlling Idea. Has Supporting Details and Examples Supports Thesis Statement
  37. 37. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Types of Topic Sentences Topic Sentence First Usually Topic Sentence Near Beginning Sometimes Topic Sentence Last Occasionally Topic Sentence Implied Rarely
  38. 38. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net For More Information Email Mrs. C ccoleman@clmn.net Visit Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net

Provides strategies for drafting the essay including methods of organization, general thesis tips, and supporting idea information. This is for the general essay. Created by Coleman's Classroom.

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