Presentation on theme: "CHAPTER 3. PLANNING A JOURNEY Expository Writing Writing, pp. 22-27."— Presentation transcript:
CHAPTER 3. PLANNING A JOURNEY Expository Writing Writing, pp. 22-27
Determine your direction Identify your center Think about where you are headed
What is a thesis statement? A thesis statement is a single declarative sentence that summarizes your essay Narrows your subject Specific, significant claim Purpose of your writing Previews the arrangement of the paper
Write a thesis Topic (for a causal argument) If I accept that promotion at work… A claim about the topic my family will be affected because… Add main points my husband will have to work less, we will be able to buy a house, and I will receive the job satisfaction.
Write a thesis Main points eventually may become the topic sentence of paragraphs: First, if I get a promotion, my husband will have to work less, which will result in his being able to spend more time with the children, which we agree would benefit all of us. Then add supporting details and examples.
Write a thesis Second, because we will receive significantly more income, we will be able to buy that house we have been researching, which also happens to be closer to both of our work sites and in a better school district. Then add supporting details and examples.
Write a thesis Finally, I will receive the job satisfaction for which I have been working so hard, which will increase my overall health and well being. Then add supporting details and examples.
Plan your route Visually organize Write a formal outline Write a working outline
Write Now. Make a plan. Using the discovery exercise you did earlier as your source for notes, Write a working thesis Make a plan using one of the three methods suggested Visual organization, formal outline, working outline Work for 15 minutes
Working together How effective was the discovery technique the student used? Evaluate the working thesis: Is it specific? Is it manageable? Is it interesting? Evaluate the plan: Is it focused? Is it complete? What still needs to be done?
CHAPTER 4. RETURNING AND REVISING Expository Writing Writing, pp. 22-27
Evaluate your draft Does the paper meet the assignment? Do you have a clear focus? Are your main points adequately developed? Do you consider your readers’ knowledge and points of view? Do you represent yourself effectively?
Learn strategies for rewriting Visualize audience Sharpen focus Define key terms Develop as needed Link paragraphs
Learn strategies for rewriting Consider your title Consider your introduction Consider your conclusion Improve your text visually
Respond to others First reading: Read aloud your own text Second and third readings: Exchange papers Respond to prompts, Writing, p. 31 What does the writer do especially well? What one or two things would most improve the draft in a revision?
Pay attention to details last Edit for particular goals Check transitions between sentences Check sentences for completeness Eliminate wordiness Use precise vocabulary
Pay attention to details last Proofread carefully Spell check and check for usage Check for grammar and punctuation