4A. Determining the Purpose Purpose determines the material you choose, the way your arrange it, and how it is expressed1. to express emotion?2. to inform?3. to persuade?
5B. Identifying the Audience 1. Who will read the paper?2. What are the audience’s age, sex, education?3. What are their needs, expectations, biases, interests?4. What are their political, religious, and other beliefs?5. What biases do they have about the writer, subject, or opinion presented?6. Does your audience need definitions, overviews, examples, analogies?7. What does the audience expect?
6C. Setting the Tone 1. Formal 2. Informal 3. miscellaneous a. remain consistent w/ purpose/audienceb. reveals the writer’s attitude toward audience4. word choicea. denotations--dictionary meaningb. connotations--beyond literal meaning
7D. Analyzing the Assignment 1. specific topic or free to choose?2. word, paragraph, page limit?3. due date?4. review of drafts?5. require research/documentation?6. specific format? (APA, MLA…)
8E. Choosing a Topic 1. How? a. instructor chosen b. something you know or want to know about2. Narrow the topica. length
9F. Finding Something to Say 1. reading and observing2. keeping a journal:a. use a special bookb. write daily and date the entriesc. use your imagination—write down dreams, daydreams, songs, poems, story ideas, etc.d. if you use someone else’s quote, tell why you like it
103. freewritinga. time three to five minutes & write continuouslyb. start with a word or topic important to you and write whatever you think aboutc. if you can’t think of anything new, copy the same word or phrase until something comes to you—don’t quit writing
11EX:Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Feeling free. Statue of Liberty I saw last year. Freedom. Feeling free on warm spring day when coats come off.. Bell ringing at 2:40. Being outside in the sun and wind. Not everyone’s so free. What about animals in cages at zoos? What about animals in cages? What about whales that swim around in small tanks? Do we have a right to do that to animals? IS FREEDOM ONLY FOR HUMANS?
125. clustering (webbing, mapping) a. write the subject in the center of the paper and circle itb. in the space around the subject, write whatever related ideas occur to you. Circle these new ideas and draw lines connecting the new ideas with the original subjectc. don’t stop writing
13Kinds of camerasPhotographyrestoring old photosearly photographyMatthew Brady
144. Graphic organizersa. write the subject at the top of the paperb. list every idea that comes to mindc. don’t stop to evaluate the ideasd. if you can’t think of anything new, copy the same word or phrase until something comes to you—don’t quit writing
17Merry--Pippin--Why they pledge their serviceThe manner which their lord treats themHow serve country
186. asking journalistic questions-- a. who b. whatc. whend. wheree. whyf. how
19Who: Who were the major political figures in the American Revolution? What: What were the causes of the American Revolution? What were some of the results?When: When did the American Revolution take place?Where: Where did the American Revolution take place?Why: Why did some colonists fight for the British?How: How did the American Revolution affect Britain?
20Decide how to organize your material II. ShapingDecide how to organize your material
21A. Developing a Thesis 1. Understanding a. thesis: main idea b. support: the information that explains and develops itc. introductory paragraph: opens essay and states thesisd. body paragraphs: support thesis statemente. concluding paragraph: closes and gives completion
222. Four characteristics of an effective thesis a. clearly communicates the essay’s main idea1. what the topic is,2. how you will approach that topic3. what you will say about it
23a. The United States currently has no peacetime draft. b. it is more than:1. a general subjecta. The draft2. a statement of facta. The United States currently has no peacetime draft.3. an announcement of your intenta. In this essay, I will consider our country’s need for a draft.
244. good thesis statement: Once the. military draft may have been 4. good thesis statement: Once the military draft may have been necessary to keep the armed forces strong; however, today’s all-volunteer force has eliminated the need for a draft.
25c. carefully worded, direct 1. Ineffective: The real problem in our schools does not revolve around the absence of nationwide goals and standards; the problem is primarily concerned with the absence of resources with which to implement them.2. Effective: The real problem in our schools is not the absence of nationwide goals and standards; the problem is the absence of resources with which to implement them.
26d. suggests the essay’s direction, emphasis, and scope 1. Thesis: Widely ridiculed as escape reading, romance novels are becoming increasingly important as a proving ground for many never-before- published writers, and more significantly, as showcases for strong heroines.2. Do not use “The reasons why tennis is such great exercise are…”
273. Checklist for thesisa. Does it clearly communicate the main idea, suggest the approach, and reflect the purpose?b. Is it more than a subject, a statement of fact, or an announcement of intent?c. Is it carefully worded to avoid vague and confusing language?d. Does it suggest the essay’s direction, emphasis, and scope?
284. Revising the thesis statement a. begin writing w/ thesis in mind b. thesis will evolve as you write and rewrite, think of new ideas, etc.c. Examples:1. rough draft: Professional sports can easily be corrupted by organized crime.2. revised: Although supporters of legalized sports betting argue that organized crime cannot make inroads into professional sports, the way in which underworld figures compromised the 1919 World Series suggests the opposite.
29B. Support with Evidence 1. Types of evidencea. examplesb. reasons whyc. factsd. detailse. statisticsf. anecdoteg. quotation
302. Evidence is found...a. in prewritingb. personal experiencec. interviewd. library1. encyclopedias2. books3. magazines/newsprinte. Internet
313. Characteristics of evidence a. relevant and unified--must clearly support the thesisb. specific, concretec. adequate (enough concrete evidence)d. accuratee. representative--not an exceptionf. borrowed evidence is documented
32C. Organize the Evidence 1. Pattern of developmenta. descriptionb. narrationc. exemplificationd. division/classificatione. process analysisf. comparison-contrastg. cause-effecth. argumentation-persuasion
332. Select an organizational approach a. chronological/time sequenceb. spatial--from a certain locationc. emphatic--most compelling evidence saved for lastd. simple to complex
34D. Prepare an Outline 1. Reread and evaluate your material. 2. Write purpose, audience, tone, and thesis at the top of the outlining page.3. Below the thesis, enter the pattern of development that seems to be implied by the accumulated evidence.4. Record the which of the four organizational approaches that would be most effective.5. Reevaluate supporting material. Delete anything that doesn’t support thesis.
356. Add any new points or material. 7. Group related items together and give each group a heading that represents a main topic in support of thesis.8. Label main topics w/ roman numerals.9. Identify subtopics.10. Group subtopics under appropriate main topic, indent, and label w/ capital letters.11. Identify supporting points (reason, examples).
3612. Group them under appropriate subtopics, 12. Group them under appropriate subtopics, indent, and label with Arabic numbers.13. Identify specific details (secondary examples, facts, statistics, expert opinions, quotations. Group them under appropriate supporting points, indent, and label w/ lowercase letters.14. Examine the outline for places where evidence is weak, and add new evidence.
37E. Types of Outlines 1. topic outline--phrases or topics for the entry 2. sentence outline--uses full sentences
39A. Strategies for Writing 1. Prepare work area2. Fight writer’s block--return to pre-writing if necessary3. Take breaks4. Get ideas down quicklya. Begin with body of paper.b. Introduction and conclusion will be written last5. T/S the first draft if typing; D/S by hand6. Write on only one side of the paper
40B. Strategies for Writing 1. Write the supporting paragraphs first.a. often focused by a topic sentenceb. organized around a pattern of development2. Connect ideas in the supporting paragraphs.3. Write the introduction.a. Broad statement narrowing to a limited subjectb. brief anecdotec. idea that is the opposite of the one developedd. series of short questions
414. Write the conclusion. a. summary e. definitions, quotations, controversial statementf. refutation of a common beliefg. dramatic fact or statistic4. Write the conclusion.a. summaryb. prediction or opinionc. quotationd. statistice. recommendation or call for action.f. refer to the introduction
43A teacher’s personality is an important factor in creating a good learning environment for students. In this computer age when students have grown up playing video games, a good teacher has the ability to entertain his/her students. Teachers who entertain students create interest in the classroom and the subject matter. An interesting teacher uses many tools, such as humor, to grab a student’s attention. As a result, student performance in class may increase.
44Body paragraph 1In this computer age when students have grown up playing video games, a good teacher has the ability to entertain his/her students. Computers have become a primary source of entertainment for children who, as early as age two, are learning via Leap Frog (find source and cite). By first grade, most are proficient with Windows or Mac and others are already “hooked” by Playstation, Nintendo, or Wii (source). With this competition, a teacher must “hook” the interest of students through new methods of teaching. No longer can teachers just lecture; a good teacher, instead, must rely on innovative activities that facilitate student learning by requiring active participation in their education.
45“re-see”; write additional drafts IV. Revising“re-see”; write additional drafts
46A. Suggestions for Revision 1. set draft aside for awhile2. work from typed material if possible3. read draft aloud4. participate in peer reviewa. don’t be too easy or too criticalb. requires tact and kindnessc. should be constructive and includeobservations about what works well
47d. ask questions that need more than a yes or no answere. take notes on someone’s oral observationsf. be open-mindedg. evaluate and respond to feedback, whether from instructor or from peerh. view revision as a series of steps: it may take more than one drafti. see peer checklist page in MR
48V. Editing A. check grammar B. spelling C. punctuation D. mechanics E. see editing checklist page 41 in HH
49check for typographical errors VI. Proofreadingcheck for typographical errors