Is Punctuation Important? Dear John: I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy--will you let me be yours? Gloria
Is Punctuation Important? Dear John: I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be? Yours, Gloria
Be Careful of Little Things A common problem -- I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Guideline -- A comma: causes the reader to pause briefly should directly follow the last character A period: causes the reader to stop should directly follow the last character
The Writing Process 1. Generate Ideas 2. Form a “working” thesis statement 3. Review & organize ideas 4. Rough draft 5. Write the essay 6. Revise
Generate Ideas 1. Decide on a subject (What will I write about?) 2. Limit the subject (What do I want to say about it?) 3. Brainstorm topic ideas (Write them down.) 4. Decide on your audience (Who am I writing to?) 5. Decide on your "tone" (Descriptive? Argumentative? Process? Etc.)
Form Working Thesis Statement The thesis statement answers the question: "What is your position?“, or “What is your argument?” Should be specific. Too broad: There are a lot of injuries in soccer. (What kind of injuries? So what?) Better: There are so many injuries in college soccer that it should be banned.
Review & Organize Ideas Now that you know what your argument, position or purpose is (thesis) -- Review ideas (from idea generation phase) Select relevant ideas, add new ones. Organize ideas - think of the key topic idea for each of the paragraphs that will support your thesis. - Think of details, examples, etc. to support topic sentences.
Draft, Write, Revise Rough draft Your first try at putting everything on paper. When done, set it aside for a short while. Write the essay “Rethinking” produces better results than merely copying the rough draft. Then set it aside. Revise The Overall essay, paragraph by paragraph. Introduction (with thesis statement) Body paragraphs to support the thesis Conclusion (leave a lasting impression)
Example 1: Generate Ideas 5 things that interest you Wood working Children Computers Classical music Motorcycles Prioritize Children Wood working Computers Motorcycles Classical music Why is #1 so important I Have a large family I Like to teach kids There is child abuse in the world Children deserve a good home Last week’s assignment did this for you!
Example 2: Working Thesis Audience Young adults preparing for marriage Tone Argumentative – being a good parent is hard – we should have some training before inviting a child into our home. Develop a “trial” thesis statement Our chance of being a good parent will increase if we receive some basic training, therefore, all prospective parents should be trained.
Example 3: Review/Organize Ideas Thesis: Our chance of being a good parent will increase if we receive some basic training, therefore, all prospective parents should be trained. Support paragraphs Paragraph 1 Statistics show that untrained parents are more prone to abuse their children. Paragraph 2 Actual examples of mistreated children point out the necessity of helping parents learn their role. Paragraph 3 Training is not difficult, nor is it time consuming – and the results are well worth the trouble.