Your Essay #1

Goal: Write a well-organized and thoughtful 5-paragraph essay

Outline due May 22; First Draft due May 24th; Final Draft due May 29th)

Your essay should have 5 paragraphs:

  1. Introduction paragraph: General to specific, thesis statement
  2. First body paragraph: Topic sentence (supporting thesis statement), supporting sentences, concluding sentence.
  3. Second body paragraph: Topic sentence (supporting thesis statement), supporting sentences, concluding sentence.
  4. Third body paragraph: Topic sentence (supporting thesis statement), supporting sentences, concluding sentence.
  5. Concluding Paragraph: Restatement of thesis, suggestion / opinion / prediction

Here’s the process:

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Brainstorm Ideas
  3. Make an outline
  4. Get feedback
  5. Write a first draft
  6. Get feedback
  7. Revise first draft
  8. Proofread

Step 1: Find a Thesis

Make a list of four or five things that you believe to be “arguably true.” (Hint: think of  things that should or shouldn’t be.)  From the list, select one idea that seems to be the strongest and create a thesis statement.

Remember the difference between titles and topic sentences:

  • X The reason I love cats
  • O Everyone should keep cats as pets.

Step 2: Brainstorm

Make a bubble diagram or list. You don’t need sentences. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar or anything, just get ideas.

Step 3: Make an Outline

Arrange your ideas into the outline of a 5-paragraph essay

Intro:

  • General:
  • Thesis statement:

Body 1: 

  • Topic sentence:
  • Supporting details:
  • Concluding thought:

Body 2: 

  • Topic sentence:
  • Supporting details:
  • Concluding thought:

Body 3: 

  • Topic sentence:
  • Supporting details:
  • Concluding thought:

Conclusion:

  • Restatement of thesis:
  • Opinion / Suggestion / Prediction:

Step 4: Get feedback

Bring printed or handwritten outline to class. Exchange with another student. Review for ideas, structure, and general English. Make concrete and useful suggestions to each other.

Step 5: Write a First Draft

Bring print to class on May 24th.

Step 6: Get feedback

From Leslie

Step 6: Revise First Draft

Revise your paper

Step 7: Proofread

Final draft due May 29th.

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