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1 Writing a Multi-paragraph Essay For all students…
2 This is how a multi-paragraph essay should look. Introduction Paragraph1st Body Paragraph2nd Body Paragraph3rd Body ParagraphConclusionParagraph
3 Introduction Paragraph Your intro should start general and then get more specific.Talk about the general themes or topics of the book in a way that anyone can relate to.If you are talking about a work of literature, you should not mention the name of the work or any details about it until your thesis statement.Your thesis statement should be the final sentence in your introduction and should contain a debatable opinion.220.127.116.11.Thesis
4 Look at this introduction. Is it general or specific at the start? The novel Touching Spirit Bear is about a boy named Cole who gets in trouble with the law. The reason he gets in so much trouble is that he has had a hard life. When his father is not beating him, his parents are totally neglecting him. Due to this abuse and neglect Cole is extremely angry and violent. Because of all this he is eventually sent away to an Alaskan island as a punishment for what he has done. In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews goes through a reincarnation of sorts and becomes a completely different person once his experience on the island is over.
5 Compare that introduction to this one Compare that introduction to this one. Which is more general to start out with?Reincarnation is the process of being reborn. Some religions believe that one can die and come back to life as another person. That is only one view of what it means to be reborn. One can be reborn by changing themselves to become a better person. This is not an easy process, but it can be done through hard work and dedication. In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews goes through a reincarnation of sorts and becomes a completely different person during his experience on the Alaskan island.
6 Thesis StatementPerhaps the single most important sentence in your essayGives you permission to talk about ideas and issuesThis sets the topic for your entire essayIt should be general enough to allow you to discuss all the issues you want to cover in your essayIt should be a debatable opinion using powerful words and strong languageThe title and author of the book must be included in the thesis.
7 Which Thesis Statements follow the guidelines for good thesis statements? In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, the main character is a boy named Cole Matthews.In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, Cole Matthews is forever changed during his stay on an isolated Alaskan Island.In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, the main character is an angry young man named Cole Matthews who gets sent to an Alaskan island for savagely beating another boy.Cole Matthews, the main character in the novel Touching Spirit Bear by author Ben Mikaelsen, experiences a rebirth due to his experiences on a remote Alaskan Island.
8 Body Paragraph #1 - #3Should begin with a topic sentence that supports your thesisThis sentence sets the topic for this entire paragraphIt should contain concrete details which illustrate or support your topic sentenceThose concrete details should be followed by sentences that include opinion and which explain the importance of the concrete detailThese support sentences should be original ideas or thoughts not directly expressed in the book if you are writing about one.Good support goes beyond the obvious, and tries to explain deeper themes and meanings.#1#2#3
9 More about Body Paragraphs The Topic sentence of each paragraph should be a commentary type sentence expressing an opinion which supports your thesisIt should not be just a concrete detailA good conclusion should wrap up what was learned or pointed out in the entire paragraphThink of this sentence as a summary of your paragraph.
10 Using Transition Words in your body paragraphs It is important to use transition words when you switch between concrete detailsThey can also be used between commentary/ support sentences that do not build on one anotherOr they can help to transition between one paragraph and the next
11 Example of how to properly use transitions Use a transition when joining two commentary sentences that do not build on one another.Example:When Holmes first meets Dr. Mortimer he says, “I observe from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes.” (p 9) Holmes has the ability to notice details that most people overlook, and this is a skill he is most proud of. Additionally, these observational skill assists him in solving difficult mysteries.
12 Using lead ins before quoting from a novel or book A lead in sets the scene for a quoteIt tells the reader where in the story the quote happenedIt also can provide important background details so that the quote is more understandable
13 Example of how to properly use a lead in Quote: “I observe from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes.” (p 9)Adding a lead in: In the novel, when Sherlock Holmes first meets Dr. Mortimer he says, “I observe from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes.” (p 9)Quote: “Indeed, sir! May I inquire as to who has the honour to be the first?” (p 10)Adding a lead in: Later, when Dr. Mortimer says that he came to Holmes seeking the second highest mind in Europe, Holmes responds by saying, “Indeed, sir! May I inquire as to who has the honour to be the first?” (p 10)
14 Conclusion Paragraphs Conclusion should wrap up the essayIt should move from specific to generalIt should leave the reader with something to ponder or think aboutIt should not just be a complete restatement of the introduction paragraph1. Restate the thesis2.3.4.
15 Restating the ThesisThe first sentence in your conclusion should restate the thesis statement of your essayRestate means, using fresh new words, remind the reader the point/opinion of your essayIf you are doing a response to literature essay, you do not need to repeat the name of the novel or the author in your restatement of the thesisTry to think of an overall universal moral or message that you can talk about to round out your conclusion
16 Compare the Conclusions Thesis: In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews goes through a reincarnation of sorts and becomes a completely different person once his experience on the island is over.Conclusion #1: Due to his experiences on the Alaskan island, Cole is completely transformed and becomes reborn as a truly compassionate and caring human being. He would not have been able to make these miraculous changes had he never visited the island. Cole changed because he worked hard to overcome his past and the hard life he had before coming to the island. We learn that to change you must work hard.
17 Compare the Conclusions In the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews goes through a reincarnation of sorts and becomes a completely different person once his experience on the island is over. Cole accomplishes a dramatic personal transformation through both hard work, persistence, and with the help of others. This type of personal change is a difficult thing. It can only happen if one believes in themselves and is open to examining past mistakes and problems in order to find solutions. The real lesson that can be learned from this novel is that by letting go of anger one can begin to see the possibilities of life.