The Perfect Paragraph Create a great topic sentence Support topic sentence with evidence Three support sentences work Use some transitional words to smooth things out: because, but, and Never put new info in the conclusion
Review the Elements of the Multi-paragraph Essay
How do I make interesting essays? Vary the Sentence Length Simple Sentence: Subject & Verb or Subject, Verb, Object Compound Sentence: 2 clauses of equal weight joined by a coordinating conjunction (and, or) Complex Sentence: A clause and a phrase joined by a subordinating conjunction (but, because) Correlative conjunctions are used in pairs to create more sophisticated sentences ( not only, but also) (both, and) Compound/Complex Sentence: 2 clauses and a phrase joined by coordinating, subordinating, or correlative conjunctions
The Five Paragraph Essay: The Intro Decide what the question or prompt is asking FIRST PARAGRAPH: Introduce the topic Create a bold thesis statement Decide which evidence will support your thesis and mention in the intro Use a transition into the body
The Bold Thesis Statement Know the difference between a topic and a topic sentence Know the difference between a topic sentence and a bold thesis statement
How do I make a thesis statement bold? Know the difference between a topic, a topic sentence, and a bold thesis statement WAR is a topic “WAR is bad,” “War kills people” are both weak thesis statements & can be used as a topic sentence “WAR is a crime against humanity” is BOLD!
Pound Your Fist! When trying out different BOLD thesis statements, pound your fist Did you laugh? If you didn’t laugh, you probably have a bold thesis statement A BOLD thesis statement often makes a person uneasy…
How do I develop this skill? Get off the fence when writing essays Don’t be afraid to take a stand Do you have to believe what you are writing? NO! You will often be asked to take a side on a debate that you don’t believe in
The Body Paragraph 2,3,4 should illustrate the supporting evidence One paragraph per element of support is adequate for a short essay Use transitional words within paragraphs Use transitional sentences between paragraphs
The Conclusion Begin with a word that clues the reader that the end is near No new info in the conclusion Re-state, review, predict, make a bold statement, or use a quote that illustrates the theme of the essay
Add the Element of Time This will get rid of the fear of writing
Three 7-minute False Starts With this method, we get rid of the fear of writing in a timed setting This method gives the steps that will get the student through a 30 minute essay including how much time to spend on each step
Step 1 (7-10 minutes) Read the prompt carefully Do you understand what it is asking? Mentally work through your ideas to see if they fit the topic Put a graphic organizer in the upper right-hand corner Pay attention to tone
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