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5 paragraph essay

  1. 1. Constructing a 5-Paragraph Persuasive Essay <ul><li>Turning Points in WWII </li></ul>
  2. 2. Step 1 <ul><li>Using the notes you made in class last time and the books available in class build an outline/idea map for your essay </li></ul><ul><li>Your essay will answer the question, “What was the most important event/battle/campaign of WWII?” </li></ul>
  3. 3. TOPIC Reason 2 Reason 3 Reason 1 Facts & Background
  4. 4. Sample
  5. 5. Step 2 <ul><li>Refine and complete research of your topic and arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Find facts to back up each of your arguments </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Be sure to note which book [or video or lecture] each piece of information comes from - we will be citing all information later! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 3 - The Thesis Statement <ul><li>The thesis statement declares what you are going to ‘prove’ in your essay. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sample <ul><li>“The Battle of the Bulge was the most important battle of WWII as it both ensured and sped up Germany’s eventual defeat.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Formula <ul><li>A specific subject (your event) + a specific condition, feeling or stand = an effective thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. “The Battle of the Bulge was the most important battle of WWII as it both ensured and sped up Germany’s eventual defeat.” </li></ul>SUBJECT SPECIFIC FEELING Adapted from Writer’s Inc.
  9. 9. Write your thesis statement! <ul><li>Take a few minutes now to construct your thesis statement. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even though others are doing the same subject, your thesis should be unique </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Thesis Statement <ul><li>It should be only 1 or 2 sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Have at least two classmates proofread your thesis. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Peer Proofread <ul><li>exchange your thesis statement with a classmate </li></ul><ul><li>proofread the thesis based on the following checklist... </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thesis Checklist <ul><li>identifies a specific, limited subject... </li></ul><ul><li>focuses on a particular feeling or feature of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>is stated in a clear, direct sentence (or sentences)... </li></ul><ul><li>can be supported with convincing facts and details.. </li></ul><ul><li>meets the requirements of the assignment </li></ul>Adapted from Writer’s Inc.
  13. 13. Final Thesis Statement <ul><li>Once you have your thesis statement back from your peer proofreader, make any necessary changes to refine it. </li></ul><ul><li>Now... we’re ready to write an introduction... </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step 4 - The Introduction <ul><li>Topic sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Preview of arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Background & context </li></ul>
  15. 15. Introduction <ul><li>Write your introduction paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>When you finish writing your introduction, have at least two classmates read it and make suggestions or corrections in a different colour pen </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure the proofreader puts their name on the page! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Checklist for Introduction <ul><li>Clearly indicates the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Shares some thought-provoking or interesting detail(s) about the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Previews the three main points of the essay </li></ul><ul><li>Has a clear thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Provides some background information about the subject </li></ul>
  17. 17. Re-write your introduction <ul><li>Using the feedback from your classmates... </li></ul><ul><li>make any necessary changes to fix your introduction </li></ul>
  18. 18. Introduction
  19. 19. Step 5 - The main body <ul><li>3 paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>1 for each of your arguments </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sources [some guidelines] <ul><li>wikipedia is NOT allowed as source [although it can be a starting point] </li></ul><ul><li>All sources must have an author </li></ul><ul><li>Online sources must be from a reliable website - no blogs . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Main Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Topic sentence </li></ul><ul><li>One argument per paragraph! </li></ul><ul><li>Use facts to justify your position [include citations] </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions </li></ul>
  22. 22. A Main Body Paragraph
  23. 23. Step 6 - The Conclusion <ul><li>“See? I told you so!” </li></ul><ul><li>Refer back to thesis statement </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize main points </li></ul>
  24. 24. Conclusion
  25. 25. Works Cited List <ul><li>Minimum of three [3] sources </li></ul><ul><li>Properly formatted on a separate page </li></ul>
  26. 26. Final Steps <ul><li>Peer proofread (at least one) </li></ul><ul><li>Adult/teacher proofread (at least one) </li></ul><ul><li>Final product - all drafts handed in, stapled together & final essay typed double-spaced and submitted via turnitin.com </li></ul>
  27. 27. turnitin.com
  28. 28. using turnitin.com <ul><li>create an account if you don’t have one already </li></ul><ul><li>joining the class </li></ul><ul><li>uploading your assignment </li></ul>
  29. 29. CHECKLIST <ul><li>To be turned in as hard copy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea map/outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All drafts, proofs and revisions of thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proofread draft introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rough draft of essay with proofreading notes from 2 proofreaders (at least one adult or senior) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To be turned in on turnitin.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Final essay in MLA format. </li></ul></ul>