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Writing an Informative Essay
Preparing for an Informative Essay
Brainstorm a list of activities you like to do Make categories for your activities
Thesis Statement A thesis is a one sentence statement (not a question) that explains the purpose of your essay. A good thesis is strong, straightforward and concise
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 best More on Thesis Statements: Make sure your thesis is at the end of the introductory paragraph Create topic sentences that align with your thesis statement After 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!
Topic Sentences Every body paragraph will begin with a sentence that introduces the content of that paragraph Your topic sentence will also serve as a transition from the previous paragraph Use 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.
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 sentences Be creative. do not write simple sentences that are boring! Be creative (it will be more fun!)
Writing a Hook Sentence
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 project the 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.
Four simple steps to write a hook sentence
Step 1: Identify Your Audience Ask 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 Writing Answer these two questions: How do I want my audience to feel? What do I want my audience to take away?
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Step 3: Choose Your Hook Wisely Step 4: Craft Your Hook
Conclusion A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided. Do not introduce any new information Sum up “your findings”
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