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.

Does the outline have a clear thesis statement? Are there three strong reasons to support the thesis statement? Are each of the three reasons supported and / or detailed? Does the conclusion end with opinion, suggestion or prediction? If any of these are missing or not well-developed, help your partner to come up with better or more complete ideas.

Step 5: Write a First Draft

Bring print to class on May 24th.

Step 6: Get feedback

From Leslie  each other

Step 6: Revise First Draft

Revise your paper

Step 7: Proofread

Final draft due May 29th.

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