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EWRT 1A
CLASS 12
AGENDA
Review
Essay focus
Discussion:
The Thesis
Writing an Outline
Writing Strategies
Extended Anecdote
Examples
...
How will you
focus your
essay?
Take a look at what you have
so far: do you have a concept?
A focus for your concept?
Categ...
Concept: Games
Limiter: Playground Games
Types
 Kids’ games with a ball
 Teenagers’ games with a
ball
 Adults’ games w...
Formulating a Working
Thesis Statement
Refer to our model essays to see
how others handle a thesis for this
kind of essay
In his essay on cannibalism, Ngo offers his
thesis statement in paragraph six:
Cannibalism can be broken down into two mai...
O.K., let’s cut out all this nonsense about romantic
love. Let’s bring some scientific precision to the party.
Let’s put ...
Draft your working thesis
 As you draft your own tentative thesis statement, take care
to make the language clear. Althou...
NGO
 Cannibalism can be broken down
into two main categories:
exocannibalism, the eating of
outsiders or foreigners, and
...
Your Thesis is a Map to Your Essay
Once you have your working thesis
written, you can make a tentative outline.
Introduct...
Writing Strategies
Classification
Extended
Anecdote
Definitions
Examples
 Illustrations
The Introduction:
Extended Anecdote: Ngo
Fifty-five Vietnamese refugees fled to Malaysia on a small
fishing boat to escape...
Examples: Ngo
Another case of survival cannibalism occurred
in 1945, when General Douglas MacArthur’s
forces cut supply li...
 The most famous example of
survival cannibalism in
American history comes
from the diaries, letters, and
interviews of s...
Illustration: Toufexis
Does this chart help
readers understand
what Toufexis is saying
about her concept?
Illustration: Holmes
Do graphs
help Holmes
make his
point? Will
graphs help
you make
your point?
Do pictures
support his
effort to
explain his
concept?
Should you use
pictures in your
essay?
Writing Opportunity:
What will you use? Write out
the following:
Extended Anecdote”
Will you begin your essay this way?
...
Homework
Post #14: Make an outline for your concept
essay.
 Include a preliminary idea for what kind of anecdote you
mig...
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  1. 1. EWRT 1A CLASS 12
  2. 2. AGENDA Review Essay focus Discussion: The Thesis Writing an Outline Writing Strategies Extended Anecdote Examples Illustrations
  3. 3. How will you focus your essay? Take a look at what you have so far: do you have a concept? A focus for your concept? Categories? Types? Quick Review
  4. 4. Concept: Games Limiter: Playground Games Types  Kids’ games with a ball  Teenagers’ games with a ball  Adults’ games with a ball. Types  Kids’ games without a ball  Teenagers’ games without a ball  Adults’ games without a ball.
  5. 5. Formulating a Working Thesis Statement Refer to our model essays to see how others handle a thesis for this kind of essay
  6. 6. In his essay on cannibalism, Ngo offers his thesis statement in paragraph six: Cannibalism can be broken down into two main categories: exocannibalism, the eating of outsiders or foreigners, and endocannibalism, the eating of members of one’s own social group (Shipman 70). Within these categories are several functional types of cannibalism, three of the most common being survival cannibalism, dietary cannibalism, and religious and ritual cannibalism.  Ngo’s concept is cannibalism; his focus is on functional cannibalism.  He has two categories: Endo and Exocannibalism  He has three types: Survival, dietary, and religious/ritual cannibalism  In his thesis, he carefully forecasts both how he will divide the information to create topics and the order in which he will explain each of the topics
  7. 7. O.K., let’s cut out all this nonsense about romantic love. Let’s bring some scientific precision to the party. Let’s put love under a microscope. When rigorous people with Ph.D.'s after their names do that, what they see is not some silly, senseless thing. No, their probe reveals that love rests firmly on the foundations of evolution, biology and chemistry. Toufexis’s concept is love, and her focus is the scientific explanation of love—specifically the evolution, biology, and chemistry of love. In announcing her focus, she forecasts the order in which she will present information from the three most relevant academic disciplines—anthropology (human evolution), biology, and chemistry. These discipline names become her topics. Anastasia Toufexis begins her essay with her thesis statement:
  8. 8. Draft your working thesis  As you draft your own tentative thesis statement, take care to make the language clear. Although you may want to revise your thesis statement as you draft your essay, trying to state it now will give your planning and drafting more focus and direction. Keep in mind that the thesis in an explanatory essay, such as a concept essay, merely announces the subject; it never asserts a position that requires an argument to defend it.  Write one or more sentences, stating your focused concept, that could serve as a thesis statement Forecast the topics you will use to explain the concept.
  9. 9. NGO  Cannibalism can be broken down into two main categories: exocannibalism, the eating of outsiders or foreigners, and endocannibalism, the eating of members of one’s own social group (Shipman 70). Within these categories are several functional types of cannibalism, three of the most common being survival cannibalism, dietary cannibalism, and religious and ritual cannibalism Toufexis O.K., let’s cut out all this nonsense about romantic love. Let’s bring some scientific precision to the party. Let’s put love under a microscope. When rigorous people with Ph.D.'s after their names do that, what they see is not some silly, senseless thing. No, their probe reveals that love rests firmly on the foundations of evolution, biology and chemistry.
  10. 10. Your Thesis is a Map to Your Essay Once you have your working thesis written, you can make a tentative outline. Introduction Extended Anecdote Thesis  Category 1 Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Category 2 Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Repeat if Necessary Conclusion
  11. 11. Writing Strategies Classification Extended Anecdote Definitions Examples  Illustrations
  12. 12. The Introduction: Extended Anecdote: Ngo Fifty-five Vietnamese refugees fled to Malaysia on a small fishing boat to escape communist rule in their country following the Vietnam War. During their escape attempt, the captain was shot by the coast guard. The boat and its passengers managed to outrun the coast guard to the open sea, but they had lost the only person who knew the way to Malaysia, the captain. The men onboard tried to navigate the boat, but after a week fuel ran out, and they drifted farther out to sea. Their supply of food and water was gone; people were starving, and some of the elderly were near death.
  13. 13. Examples: Ngo Another case of survival cannibalism occurred in 1945, when General Douglas MacArthur’s forces cut supply lines to Japanese troops stationed in the Pacific Islands. In one incident, Japanese troops were reported to have sacrificed the Arapesh people of northeastern New Guinea for food in order to avoid death by starvation (Tuzin 63). The most famous example of survival cannibalism in American history comes from the diaries, letters, and interviews of survivors of the California- bound Donner Party, who in the winter of 1846 were snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for five months. Thirty-five of eighty-seven adults and children died, and some of them were eaten (Hart 116–117; Johnson).
  14. 14.  The most famous example of survival cannibalism in American history comes from the diaries, letters, and interviews of survivors of the California-bound Donner Party, who in the winter of 1846 were snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for five months. Thirty-five of eighty-seven adults and children died, and some of them were eaten (Hart 116– 117; Johnson). http://www.howstuffworks.com/don ner-party.htm
  15. 15. Illustration: Toufexis Does this chart help readers understand what Toufexis is saying about her concept?
  16. 16. Illustration: Holmes Do graphs help Holmes make his point? Will graphs help you make your point?
  17. 17. Do pictures support his effort to explain his concept? Should you use pictures in your essay?
  18. 18. Writing Opportunity: What will you use? Write out the following: Extended Anecdote” Will you begin your essay this way? Examples? Which? How many? Illustrations? Your own? Someone else’s?
  19. 19. Homework Post #14: Make an outline for your concept essay.  Include a preliminary idea for what kind of anecdote you might include in your introduction.  Include your thesis  Name at least two categories  Include at least two or three types you may be able to discuss under each category  Use the format on slide ten if you need help

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