Presentation on theme: "Choosing a topic is important and can be the hardest part of an essay. Here are a few helpful tips: Understand your assignment This is step 1. If you."— Presentation transcript:
Choosing a topic is important and can be the hardest part of an essay. Here are a few helpful tips: Understand your assignment This is step 1. If you understand what the assignment is asking, choosing a topic will come easier. Choose something Interesting You will find it easier to construct an essay if your Topic is interesting. Try to pick something challenging and meaningful so it will keep you motivated. Brainstorm ideas List as many as you can so you have a variety to choose from.
Review background information Some topics may require pre-research. This step will assure you that you will stay interested throughout the writing process. Finalize your choice Narrow down your choices and pick what interests you the most. It is good to choose a topic based on your strong traits in writing. Personal experiences may helpful for choosing a topic, but should be minimized when conducting supporting paragraphs.
Why body paragraphs are so important... They are key to arguing the truth behind the thesis. Considered the “meat” of an essay With proper organization, they engage the reader into believing the stated thesis A perfect place to include researched sources
The conclusion is the final paragraph of an essay. It lets your audience know that you accomplished what you were trying to explain. Here are tips to consider: Restate your Thesis Statement Your Thesis Statement is the core of your essay and should be restated just incase your reader forgets your argument. Summarize your essay Briefly explain main/important points from your body paragraphs. It will refresh the memory and help the reader remember your explanations. DO NOT bring up new ideas New ideas will confuse your reader. Your Ideas should have already been stated in your body paragraphs. Closing Statement This part is important because you want to make sure that once you conclude your essay, your reader leaves still interested about your topic. The conclusion is the opposite of your introduction but they also share the same points. You may find it helpful to use points from your introduction, but to make sure to reword your explanation so there is no repetition.
Why use sources? Avoid Plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking credit for work that is not your own idea. When you write papers in College, your work is held to the same standards of citation as the work of your professors (Harvard). The person who did the work before you deserves the credit for the work they did. Citing your sources enables your reader to dig deeper into the topic to find more information Establish credibility and authority in your topic
How to Cite your sources? Depending on your class, your teacher may suggest a number of different formats. Popular formats include – APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian. Helpful website that displays the various styles with examples - http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/ Most citations should include the basic information such as: Title, author name, publication date (Writing Lab)
Creating a Citation and Works Cited Page The body of the paper needs to have a citation that comes after the thought or quote. Even when you summarize or paraphrase a fact. The style is dependant upon the format the paper is holding to. Be consistent with the format (don’t change mid project).