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1 The Perfect Essay Journey into the Unknown Source: Mr. Leal

2 Introduction Presents the subject of the essay Responds to the prompt Proceeds from general to specific 3-6 sentences Ends in thesis statement Strong, academic diction

3 Thesis Statement Central focus for essay Argumentative- establishes what youre going to prove Responds to prompt Not a list Goes beyond classroom discussion

4 Body Paragraphs Logical steps in a complete argument Solid topic sentence Smooth transitions, when necessary Concrete details (quotation/evidence) set up correctly Profound and insightful analysis of evidence

5 C-SEE or Evidential Block C = Claim S = Set-Up E = Evidence E = Explanation

6 C = Claim Topic sentence for the paragraph NOT summary or quotation Proves / supports your Thesis Statement Can be more than one sentence Ex.: The museum represents Holdens desire for childhood innocence.

7 S = Set-up Gives the context for your quotation / evidence Can be more than one sentence Must be punctuated properly, Use comma after dialogic set-up : Use colon after independent clause set-up Ex. Holden finds comfort and stability in the museum, because unlike Holden, it is a place that never changes:

8 E = Evidence MUST NOT be merely summary Holden went to the Natural History Museum MUST relate to your thesis statement and/or claim MUST have page or line reference Ex.: The best thing though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was (121).

9 E = Explanation Never assume that the connection between you Evidence and Thesis is obvious to the reader. Do the work of explaining HOW the quotation PROVES your claim Should be 1:5 ratio with quotation Ex.: If Holden never changed, and he were able to remain in childhood forever, he wouldnt be experiencing all the growing pains hes now enduring. The museum represents his attachment to childhood, the time in life before things started to change and get so complicated. Holden believes that if life were like the museum and never changed, he wouldnt be so conflicted. Holdens appreciation of the museum shows that he desires permanence and stability.

10 Example of Evidential Block C: Mr. Leal is mentally unstable. S: After class yesterday, E: Mr. Leal was sitting in the corner, rocking back and forth and drooling all over himself. E: For the average adult, sitting in a corner and drooling on oneself indicates that all is not well mentally and emotionally. Usually, we refer people with these symptoms to psychiatric care. We do not put them in charge of American teenagers.

11 Example of Evidential Block C: Mr. Leal dominates on the basketball court. S: I talked to one of my friends this morning who tried to play defense against him, and he said, E: Mr. Leal scored 43 points off me yesterday, draining threes, slamming on my head, and faking me out of not only my shoes but my socks, too! E: Anyone who can score 43 points in one game is pretty good. My friend has always been recognized as a great defender, so if anyone scores off him, theyre doing pretty well. Furthermore, we can agree that any player who can fake his defender out of his socks and his shoes clearly dominates. [etc.]

12 Example of Evidential Block C: Simba matures physically, but, more importantly, he has grown emotionally over the course of the story. S: At the end of the story, E: Simba confronts Scar and the evil hyenas. E: Though it is significant that Simba confronts his enemies physically, it is more important that he no longer runs from his problems but faces up to his mistakes of the past. He admits to the truth of his fathers death, accepting responsibility in a new and healthy manner. Furthermore, he demonstrates his inherently heroic nature by confronting the enemies of his civilization in a way others have been unable to.

13 Example of Evidential Block C: The narrator of Green Eggs and Ham changes for the better. S: At the conclusion of the epic, the narrator exclaims, E: I do so like / green eggs and ham! / Thank you! Thank you, / Sam-I-am! (62). E: The narrators gratitude reflects his inner emotional growth. He has discovered that trying new things might be better than sticking to his old, uninspired ways. Though he has been resistant to Sam-I-am throughout most of the text, here, at the end, he relents to Sam-I-ams indefatigable pressure to stretch his boundaries. After a person extends himself, he often feels better about himself, even though it might have been difficult and uncomfortable initially.

14 Conclusion 3-6 sentences, reversing the funnel of the introduction. Specific to general Profound insights Rewording of the thesis Hardest paragraph to write Least important

15 For the Perfect Essay, you need… Skill Practice Forward-looking perspective thinking, planning, and practicing Sentence variety Vocabulary growth Philosophical and academic maturity

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