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Building an Essay


Building an Essay First, Pre-write it s important! Consider the prompt and decide how you want to organize your essay. How will you hook the reader? – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Building an Essay

Building an EssayFirst, Pre-write its
  • Consider the prompt and decide how you want to
    organize your essay.
  • How will you hook the reader? (You may want to
    go back to this after writing your thesis
  • What is your thesis or main idea? Write a thesis
    statement to guide your essay.
  • What are your supporting details? Can each
    expand into a paragraph?

How to begin
  • What type of hook or lead will you use to engage
    the reader?
  • Consult the handout for ideas.
  • Do you want to start with a statistic? Some
    interesting facts? An anecdote?

Then, give some background on your topic.
  • Why is this topic important? What supporting
    ideas will you use in your essay?
  • Dont give too much detail in the introductory
    paragraph just enough to pique interest.

End your introductory paragraph by stating your
  • The thesis or main idea for your essay is best
    placed at the end of the introductory paragraph.
  • All paragraphs that follow will back up the
    thesis statement.
  • Lets look at the prompt

  • Writing Situation
  • Your principal is considering adding a new class
    to the connections schedule. She is taking
    recommendations from the student body.
  • Writing Prompt
  • (Expository)
  • Ms. Lyons has chosen you to select a connections
    class to solve the problem of student apathy.
    Describe the class and how will motivate
    apathetic students.
  • (Persuasive)
  • Write a letter persuading your principal to
    incorporate your idea for a new connections class
    into the schedule. Focus on the potential for
    this class to contribute to the overall future
    success of the student body.

Your task
  • Write an introductory paragraph for the
    persuasive prompt.
  • Write an introductory paragraph for the
    expository prompt.
  • The paragraphs will begin with different hooks
    and will have different thesis statements. Some
    background information might be similar.