2 Preparing for an Informative Essay Brainstorm a list of activities you like to doMake categories for your activities
3 Thesis StatementA thesis is a one sentence statement (not a question) that explains the purpose of your essay.A good thesis is strong, straightforward and concise
4 What should my thesis statement include? Your thesis statement should mention all 3 of your favorite activities.(look at your brainstorm list-the 3 you chose!)A possible thesis statement for this could be:Out of all the activities there are, I like playing softball, reading and swimming the bestMore on Thesis Statements:Make sure your thesis is at the end of the introductory paragraphCreate topic sentences that align with your thesis statementAfter you finish your rough draft, go back and read only your thesis statement and topic sentence. If it makes sense, then your right on track, otherwise, revise!
5 Topic SentencesEvery body paragraph will begin with a sentence that introduces the content of that paragraphYour topic sentence will also serve as a transition from the previous paragraphUse transitional words or phrases to show how you are moving from one topic to the next.Transitional words = next, then, second, third, in addition, on the other hand, eventually, etc.
6 Body sentences Each paragraph should be limited one general idea. This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay.creates an ease of readability for one’s audience.each paragraph in the body of the essay must have some logical connection to the thesis statement in the opening paragraph.Each paragraph needs to be at least 5-7 sentencesBe creative.do not write simple sentences that are boring! Be creative (it will be more fun!)
8 What is a hook sentences and what does it do? A hook sentence is that juicy string of words that make up the first sentence (or two) of your writing projectthe words that grab your readers’ attention and don’t let go.Good hook sentences say, “Drop everything you’re doing and read me right now,” without actually coming out and just saying that.
9 Four simple steps to write a hook sentence Step 1: Identify Your AudienceAsk yourself these questions:Who is my audience?Do I have to captive audience?What matters to my audience?Step 2: Identify the Purpose of Your WritingAnswer these two questions:How do I want my audience to feel?What do I want my audience to take away?
10 Four simple steps to write a hook sentence continued… Step 3: Choose Your Hook WiselyStep 4: Craft Your Hook
11 ConclusionA conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.Do not introduce any new informationSum up “your findings”