Presentation on theme: "Writing a Composition A presentation by the Purdue University Writing Lab (Adapted by Jochen Lüders)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Writing a CompositionA presentation by the Purdue University Writing Lab(Adapted by Jochen Lüders)
2 What is a Composition about? In a composition you are mostly supposed to give your opinion about an issue and support it with the help of logical arguments and examples.
3 The Structure of a Composition TitleIntroductionMain PartConclusion
4 The Function of the Title Arouse the reader’s interestIntroduce or hint at the topic
5 Creating a TitleYou may try to attract attention e.g. with the help of:an allusiona punan alliterationa quotationa question
6 High Noon on the Highway Evaluating TitlesImagine you want to write a composition about the problem of road rage. Which do you consider the best title?Road RageMobile MadnessHigh Noon on the Highway
7 The Function of the Introduction Introduce the topic and purpose of the compositionArouse the reader’s interest in the topicLead to the main partIt often gives the writer’s opinion about a controversial issue.
8 Introduction personal anecdote real or hypothetical example question quotationsurprising/shocking statisticsstriking image
9 Main Part Normally your main part should consist of three paragraphs. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph.Indent the first line of each new paragraph.In a “Discuss” composition there are four paragraphs.
10 Arranging ParagraphsParagraphs should be arranged in climactic order i.e. from the weakest to the most convincing argument.
11 “Discuss” TopicsWhen the topic demands “Discuss”, you should give two pros and two cons.Begin with the weaker arguments and finish with the more convincing ones.
12 Conclusion Don’t just repeat yourself. Don’t present new arguments. It is often elegant to refer back to the introduction or the title.