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Introduction to Essay Development

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A lecture about five paragraph essays from Langan's Exploring Writing.

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Introduction to Essay Development

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO ESSAY DEVELOPMENT Exploring Writing Chap 15
  2. 2. Parts of a Traditional Essay 1. Introduction Paragraph a. Thesis Statement 2. Body Paragraphs (at least 3) a. Topic sentences b. Supporting details c. Transitions between paragraphs 3. Concluding Paragraph
  3. 3. Introduction •The first paragraph introduces the topic and purpose of the essay. • Grab the reader’s attention and explain your topic. •End the paragraph with the thesis statement. •Thesis statement—a complete sentence that communicates the topic and controls the overall purpose of the essay. • All topic sentences relate to the thesis
  4. 4. Thesis Statements •The thesis should be narrow and focused and communicate the essay’s plan of development. • Author’s point or purpose and plan of Topic development • The inconvenience of going out, the temptations of the theater, and the behavior of some patrons are reasons for me to wait and rent the DVD. While I love movies as much as ever,
  5. 5. Body Paragraphs •The body paragraphs are the main part of the essay. •They provide organized evidence to prove the thesis statement. •Each paragraph begins with a topic sentence and develops only one main idea—one part of the thesis statement. •Between paragraphs, use transition words and phrases.
  6. 6. Conclusion •The conclusion ends the essay and leaves the reader with a final thought. •Restate the thesis, but do not use the same words as your thesis. •Often much shorter than the other paragraphs, but still substantial.

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