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How to Write an Effective Paragraph The “Hamburger”Method.

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2 How to Write an Effective Paragraph The “Hamburger”Method

3 Top Bun = Claim Meat = Quote or example from the text Toppings = Add details to explain your quote or example Bottom Bun = Conclusion

4 The Prompt Before writing anything, know your assignment— READ THE PROMPT! What are you being asked to do? Literary Response requires a careful, critical look at the reading.

5 Get Ready to Color Your World!


7 Example Claim Claim

8 Step 2: CONCRETE DETAILS Concrete Details (CD) are the meat of the hamburger. CDs = Support for your Claim (facts, quotes, examples, etc. from text)

9 Example Concrete Detail (CD) 2) For example, remembering his mother’s warning about a wolf, he builds his house out of sturdy brick.

10 Step 3: COMMENTARY Commentary Sentences (CM) explain how the quote connects to your claim. CMs = your analysis, interpretation, explanation, or insight into the text.

11 Example Commentary Sentences (2 CMs) 3) The wolf is unable to blow down the brick house. This shows that the third pig is smarter than his brothers, who were both eaten by the wolf.

12 A concluding sentence (CS) is the bottom bun of the hamburger. A (CS) wraps up the paragraph. It rephrases the claim. Step 4: Concluding Sentence (CM)

13 Example Concluding Sentence (CS) 4) In conclusion, the third pig outsmarts not only his brothers but the “big, bad” wolf as well.

14 That is, for every 1 CD, you should have at least 2 CMs. A good paragraph will also use transition words. These are words or phrases that help readers connect your ideas. Example transitions: For example Because of this For instance To illustrate First, second, third Additionally As well Finally In conclusion

15 Step 6: A Whole Paragraph

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