Presentation on theme: "How to Write a Great Essay The easy way…. Step 1 Read the prompt Reread to the prompt to make sure you understand the question Use the A-B-C strategy."— Presentation transcript:
How to Write a Great Essay The easy way…
Step 1 Read the prompt Reread to the prompt to make sure you understand the question Use the A-B-C strategy to dissect the prompt and brainstorm your ideas
Step 2 Write a thesis statement
What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis statement… is a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph (usually the last sentence of your introduction) that presents your argument/opinion to the reader.
A thesis statement… directly answers the question asked of you (in the prompt). A thesis is an interpretation of the question, not the subject itself.
A thesis statement… is a road map for the essay to tell the reader exactly what to expect.
Why is a Thesis Statement Important? You don’t have an essay without it. The rest of the essay, the body paragraphs, gathers and organizes evidence directly related to your thesis.
Why is a Good Thesis Statement Important? Your reader needs to be able to follow you…
Why is a Good Thesis Statement Important? It helps you during the writing process It helps you write a great essay My essay is basically writing itself!
One Basic Formula X Subject + active verb+ opinion (because) X, Y, and Z.
Example English 2 students should utilize the tips of this PowerPoint presentation because they will understand the writing process (x), write wonderful essays (y), and score well on their assessments (z).
It’s your turn… Please complete: “Expository Timed Writing Prompts” in your ABC packets I love writing thesis statements!
Reflection 1.Define “thesis statement” in your own words. 2.What 3 purposes does it serve? 3.In your own words, why is it important? 4.How will you change the way you plan and write essays?