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The process essay

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The process essay

  1. 1. THE PROCESS ESSAY CHANELLA CUBBINS ACADEMIC COORDINATOR
  2. 2. CHRONOS = TIME Chronological order is a way of organizing ideas/events/incidents in order of their occurrence in time.
  3. 3. EX. OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF WALT DISNEY Born December 5th 1951, Chicago Family moved to Missouri, spent childhood there Attended McKinley High school in Chicago 1918 – joined the Red Cross and was sent to France Returned to pursue career in commercial art Recognition in Hollywood for “Alice Comedies” 1925 – married Lillian Bounds 1932 – first color cartoon “Flowers and Trees” won Academy award
  4. 4. BIOGRAPHY CONTINUED 1937- released “The Old Mill” 1937 December 21st – first full length animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in Los Angeles 1938 to 42 – completed full length classics (Pinocchio, Bambi, Dumbo & Fantasia) 1954 – began Television production 1955 – Disneyland Park opened
  5. 5. Chronological order in Essay writingis used - To tell stories To relate historical events To explain processes & procedures such as – how to take a picture, perform an experiment etc
  6. 6. The Process EssayThe process essay, like any other essay has three parts. The Introduction (Funnel/Attention getting) The multi paragraph body The conclusion (summary of main points & the solution or resolution if any)
  7. 7. The THESIS Statement (refer to handout)The Thesis statement clearly states thepurpose of the essay or the direction it isgoing to take. (It is usually the last statementof your introduction)“To understand how the accident at Chernobyl happened, it is necessary to understand how a nuclear power plant is constructed and how one operates.”
  8. 8. THE THESIS STATEMENT A very basic thesis statement is a single sentence at the end of the first paragraph that tells the reader the main idea of your essay. A thesis statement should do these three things: 1. It should clearly express what the essay is about. 2. It should make a discussible point. 3. It should indicate the structure of the essay.
  9. 9. Examples of THESIS statements Original Thesis: Many Americans are buying foreign cars. Revised Thesis: Many Americans are buying the Toyota Corolla because of its competitive price, fuel economy, and high resale value.(indicative of 3 reasons for the car’s popularity & the focus of the essay)
  10. 10. Examples of THESIS statements Original Thesis: San Francisco is an interesting place to visit. Revised Thesis: San Francisco is a stimulating place to visit because of its magnificent location, its theaters and art galleries, and its many fine restaurants.(indicative of 3 reasons why San Francisco is popular & the focus of the essay)
  11. 11. The Body The body of the essay is where all details, examples and generally all information is given. Information is divided into paragraphs based on the nature of the content and the writer’s style of writing.
  12. 12. WRITING A GOOD CONCLUSION• Just as every essay has a clear beginning, it should have a clear ending. The last paragraph, also know as the conclusion, should make your essay sound finished.• The concluding paragraph typically has two parts:• 1. The summary statement is one or two sentences which restate the thesis in a fresh way to reinforce the essays main idea. 2. The clincher is a final thought which should create a lasting impression on the reader.
  13. 13. THE SUMMARY STATEMENT• The summary statement is an effective way to start your concluding paragraph because it helps to drive home the ideas youve expressed in your essay.• Look at your thesis statement again and rework it in a new way. Avoid repeating key words and phrases from the thesis statement because you dont want the summary statement to sound boring or repetitive. Using a thesaurus is a good way to find new, interesting words.
  14. 14. Examples of THESIS & SUMMARY Statements T- Many Americans are buying the Toyota Corolla because of its competitive price, fuel economy, and high resale value. S- Reasonable pricing, low miles per gallon, and an attractive resale value have all contributed to the popularity of the Toyota Corolla in todays market.
  15. 15. Examples of THESIS & SUMMARY Statements T - San Francisco is a stimulating place to visit because of its magnificent location, its theaters and art galleries, and its many fine restaurants. S - If you love beautiful surroundings, world class theater and art, and an exquisite meal, then San Francisco is the place for you.
  16. 16. The clincherAs you write your conclusion, try to avoidthe "so-as-you-can-see" ending and the "inconclusion my thesis statement proves that"or "states that" ending. All of these areoverused and worn out. Youve alreadymade your thesis and reasoning clear. Youdont need to tell us that youve just told ussomething.
  17. 17. SAMPLE ESSAY Refer to handout
  18. 18. CeramicsCeramic pottery dates back to ancient Greek timesand was used for varied purposes. Ceramic vasesare beautiful, and useful for holding your favoritecut flowers as well. Luckily, you dont have to be amaster potter or even own a pottery wheel to craftyour own unique, personalized ceramic vase. Withthese easy-to-follow instructions, you create asimple vase that can be decorated however youlike.
  19. 19. The THESIS statementCeramic pottery dates back to ancient Greek timesand was used for varied purposes. Ceramic vasesare beautiful, and useful for holding your favoritecut flowers as well. Luckily, you dont have to be amaster potter or even own a pottery wheel to craftyour own unique, personalized ceramic vase. Withthese easy-to-follow instructions, you create asimple vase that can be decorated however youlike.
  20. 20. THE BODY(Divided into paragraphs)
  21. 21. STEP 1Choose a smoothworking surfacethat can be cleanedeasily.
  22. 22. STEP 2Knead a large handful of clayfor a few moments until it issoft and pliable.
  23. 23. STEP 3Form the clayinto a ball, andflatten slightly.
  24. 24. STEP 4Use the rolling pin to roll theclay to about 1/4 inch thick.
  25. 25. STEP 5Cut a largerectangle out of theclay.
  26. 26. STEP 6Form the rectangleinto a cylinder,pinching andsmoothing the edgestogether.
  27. 27. STEP 7Place one hand inside the cylinder,and with the other hand, hold theplastic scraper gently on theoutside of the cylinder. Use yourhands and the scraper tomanipulate the clay into thedesired shape. Set aside.
  28. 28. STEP 8 • Knead the leftover bits of clay into a ball, and flatten it slightly. Roll the flattened ball to about 1/2 inch thick.
  29. 29. STEP 9 Gently set the vase onto the rolled out piece of clay, and cut around the bottom of the vase.
  30. 30. STEP 10Dip your finger in somewater, and run it along thebottom edge of the vase. Jointhe clay piece that youve justcut to the bottom of the vasecylinder by gently pinchingand smoothing the claytogether at the joint. This willform the base of your vase.This step may take some time.
  31. 31. STEP 11 Place the vase into a kiln or oven to harden. When finished, you can glaze, paint or decorate your vase as desired.
  32. 32. WRITING THE PROCESS ESSAY Elaborate steps 1 to 11 to constitute the body of your essay Group the points and divide into paragraphs Provide examples wherever possible – it helps you achieve your word count and makes for interesting reading Write a concluding paragraph
  33. 33. But that isn’t all! There’s more to come…
  34. 34. Revise and ProofreadREVISIONRevision is actually something a good writerdoes throughout the writing process.Every time you consider which ideas to addor delete, every time you change a word orphrase to make your essay sound better,you are revising.
  35. 35. Check for: Clarity: Is the essay clearly and logically written? Unity: Do all the paragraphs relate to the central idea? Coherence: Do the ideas flow smoothly?
  36. 36. Proofread your workProofreading is different from revision.Whereas revision focuses on improving thecontent of the essay, proofreading dealswith recognizing and correcting errors orpunctuation, capitalization, spelling, andgrammar.
  37. 37. The FINAL draft• Typed/Word Processed• double line spacing• 1" margins• a simple size 14 font• title on top line (without quotation marks or underlining)• dark and readable printing
  38. 38. • http://www.justdisney.com/walt_disney/biography/w_bio_short.html• http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/04/photogalleries/chernob• How to Make a Ceramic Vase | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4828653_ceramic-vase.html#ixzz1n4vtaVRA• http://home.earthlink.net/~khatzi/essay/concl.htm

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