Writing PERSONAL Essays Ellen Beck September 29, 2004
What is an Essay? <ul><li>An essay is a composition that discusses, describes or explains one topic.  It can be serious or...
The BASIC Structure of an Essay   <ul><li>Introduction with  thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 1 </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Introduction <ul><li>I.  Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introductory statements   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
The Body <ul><li>II. Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First supporting idea   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, topic s...
The Conclusion <ul><li>III. Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, statement reflecting back on thesis   </li></ul><...
Let’s Get Personal <ul><li>PERSONAL ESSAYS are </li></ul><ul><li>About YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Written using “I” </li></ul><...
Sample:  My Job in an Apple Plant By John Langan <ul><li>Working in an apple plant was the worst job I ever had.   First o...
Quick Review <ul><li>The BASIC Structure of an Essay </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 1 </...
English Works! Web Site <ul><li>To find more information on essay writing go to our English Works! website </li></ul><ul><...
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  • Your essay should start with an introductory paragraph.  There are actually many different ways to begin an essay; therefore, the format of the introductory paragraph is flexible. Your second, third and fourth paragraphs generally begins the body of the paper.  The form of your conclusion, like your introduction, is flexible and should relate to the introduction. 
  • Your essay should start with an introductory paragraph.  There are actually many different ways to begin an essay; therefore, the format of the introductory paragraph is flexible. Often, essays begin with a general introductory statement.  This statement could be an anecdote, description, striking statistic, a fact that will lead to your thesis, etc. Beginning this way, you will use the first few sentences to prepare, or &amp;quot;lay the groundwork&amp;quot; for your thesis, and use the last sentence of the first paragraph to present your thesis.  However, your thesis statement can be anywhere in your introduction.  In a longer essay, you can even wait to present your thesis until the second paragraph or later.  Also for a longer essay, you should begin to introduce a few supporting ideas in the first couple of paragraphs.  These supporting ideas should be the topics that you will discuss in full in your body paragraphs.  For a short essay, presenting supporting ideas during the introduction is optional.
  • (For a longer paper, the body of the paper may not begin until the third paragraph or later).  This paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that introduces the first supporting idea (the support for your thesis).  You should use the middle of the paragraph to discuss your support, give examples, and analyze the significance of these examples.  Your last sentence of the body paragraph could be used to draw a conclusion for that supporting idea, or to transition into the next paragraph.
  • The form of your conclusion, like your introduction, is flexible and should relate to the introduction.  One good way to conclude a paper is to begin the last paragraph with a statement that reflects on what has been stated and proved, without repeating it exactly.  Then you should briefly restate your key points to gently remind the reader how well you proved your thesis.  Your conclusion should end with a statement or idea that leaves a strong impression and provokes further thought.
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    1. 1. Writing PERSONAL Essays Ellen Beck September 29, 2004
    2. 2. What is an Essay? <ul><li>An essay is a composition that discusses, describes or explains one topic. It can be serious or funny. It can describe personal feelings or state your opinion or it can just explain facts. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The BASIC Structure of an Essay <ul><li>Introduction with thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li> It is important to remember that an essay can be any length. For example, some essays are one paragraph and others are 25 paragraphs. If you are writing an essay for class, you should always ask your instructor about the length of the essay. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Introduction <ul><li>I.  Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introductory statements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce supporting ideas (optional) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Body <ul><li>II. Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First supporting idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, topic sentence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion, examples, and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>                   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second supporting idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, topic sentence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion, examples, and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>                    </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third supporting idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, topic sentence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion, examples, and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The Conclusion <ul><li>III. Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition, statement reflecting back on thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restate key points </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Let’s Get Personal <ul><li>PERSONAL ESSAYS are </li></ul><ul><li>About YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Written using “I” </li></ul><ul><li>These essays are about you—your life, your experiences, your feelings, your thoughts. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Sample: My Job in an Apple Plant By John Langan <ul><li>Working in an apple plant was the worst job I ever had. First of all, the work was physically hard. For ten hours a night, I took cartons that rolled down a metal track and stacked them onto wooden skids in a tractor trailer. Each carton contained twelve thirty-two-ounce cans or bottles of apple juice, and they were heavy. The second bad feature of the job was the pay. I was getting the minimum wage at that time, two dollars an hour, plus the minimum of a nickel extra for working the night shift. Even after working over sixty hours a week, I still did not take home much more than one hundred dollars. The worst feature of the apple plant job was the working conditions. During work we were limited to two ten-minute breaks and an unpaid half hour for lunch. Most of my time was spent outside on the truck-loading dock in near-zero-degree temperatures. And I was very lonely on the job, since I had no interests in common with the other truck loaders. I felt this isolation especially when the production line shut down for the night, and I worked by myself for two hours cleaning the apple vats. The vats were an ugly place to be on a cold morning. The job was a bitter one to have. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Quick Review <ul><li>The BASIC Structure of an Essay </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Idea 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
    10. 10. English Works! Web Site <ul><li>To find more information on essay writing go to our English Works! website </li></ul><ul><li>http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/main/essay.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Or stop by the TIP lab in 1221 to see a writing advisor. </li></ul>

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