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Essayplan

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How to start an essay

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Essayplan

  1. 1. Let’s Write an Essay • What does it take to write an essay? • It starts like a paragraph. • It has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. • It is just a bit longer---usually 500-750 words. • It will follow the writing process.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  2. 2. Writing Process • Prewrite– this is anything and everything you do to begin writing. • Write– best to get it down in one sitting. • Revision– look at it again for content • Edit- spelling/grammar/punctuation • Publish • http://www.angelfire.com/wi/w ritingprocess/04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  3. 3. How to start: • Pick a topic. Always try to find one that appeals to you (not the one you think your teacher will like). • Determine who your audience will be (that may save some embarrassment when you write something personal in your essay). • Determine what they know about the topic.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  4. 4. continued • Find out what you know about the topic before you start writing. • Try to come up with some ideas which can support your topic. • Three or four supporting details is usually enough04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  5. 5. Let’s Write a Thesis Statement Using a Formula Take a stand on your topic: We should allow smoking in public places. Add the work “because” with 3 supporting reasons. … because we can chose where we want to eat, most restaurants have smoking areas, and most people don’t smoke anymore. Add the word “although” with the oppositions assertion… … although it is unsafe for people who work there. 4. Clean it up. Marilyn Lantz/ TYCA-SE/ February04/04/132007 Bonnie Startt 2009
  6. 6. Now it is time to write • If possible, try to write it in one sitting. It helps your ideas flow better. • Don’t stop to look for spelling or a better word– it distracts your train of thought. • DO NOT proof read right away- wait 24 hours (48 is better).04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  7. 7. Continued • On your first review- do not look for spelling and grammar----- we are looking for content. • Would the opening encourage someone to read it? • Is it detailed correctly for your audience? • This is a good time to “phone a friend” for help.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  8. 8. Continued • Once you feel you are on the right track, it is time to do another draft. • Let it cool – helps you see what you actually wrote not what you meant to write. • Read your paper from the bottom to the top for grammatical errors. If you have problems with RO– look for those FANBOYS.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  9. 9. Continued • One more revision– after a cooling period, review for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. • Have someone look at it for you. • FINALLY– turn it in. It will never be exactly what you want; it is just due.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009
  10. 10. Continued • One more revision– after a cooling period, review for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. • Have someone look at it for you. • FINALLY– turn it in. It will never be exactly what you want; it is just due.04/04/13 Bonnie Startt 2009

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