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Writing the Essay (Gaetz)


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Writing the Essay (Gaetz)

  1. 1. Writing the Essay “Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, and there could be no concept of humanity.”
  2. 2. Explore Topics O Use knowledge and personal experience O Think about your purpose O Inform, Entertain, Persuade
  3. 3. Thesis Statements O Similar to a topic sentence in a paragraph O Introduces the topic of the essay and arouses the readers’ interest
  4. 4. Characteristics O Expresses the main topic of the essay O Contains a controlling idea O A complete sentence that usually appears in the essay’s introductory paragraph
  5. 5. Effective Thesis Statements O Ask yourself… O Is my thesis statement a complete statement with a controlling idea? O Does my thesis statement make a valid and supportable point? O Can I support my thesis statement in an essay?
  6. 6. Let’s Practice! O All teachers have a class favorite. O The streets are becoming more dangerous. O How to use a digital camera.
  7. 7. The Essay Plan O Helps you organize your thesis statement and supporting ideas before you write a draft O Examples: p. 184-187
  8. 8. Organization Template Thesis Statement I. Topic Sentence I. Supporting Detail II. Supporting Detail II. Topic Sentence The Writer’s Desk pg. 187
  9. 9. The Introduction O Introduces the subject of your essay O Contains the thesis statement O Lead-Ins O Quotation O Surprising, Provocative Statement O Question
  10. 10. Introduction Styles O Give general or historical background information O Tell an interesting anecdote O Present a vivid description O Present the opposing position O Give a definition
  11. 11. The Conclusion O Final paragraph O Rephrases the thesis statement and summarizes the main points of the essay O Close with a prediction, suggestion, quotation, or call to action O David’s Conclusion – p. 191
  12. 12. The Essay Title O Write after you’ve completed your essay O Brief; Depict the topic and purpose; Attract the reader’s attention O Center on the page; Capitalize first words (not prepositions or articles) O Descriptive Titles O Titles Related to Writing Patterns