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Title: The Last Lecture


1
The Last Lecture
  • Brick walls in-class essay

2
Overall
  • Most responded to the topic
  • See development of voice of authority
  • More comfortable using quotes

3
Continuing problems
  • Not responding to topic
  • Many simply gave impassioned pleas to overcome
    walls they did not
  • Discuss the idea of the brick wall as explained
    by Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture. In your
    essay, be sure to explain what a brick wall is,
    why they exist in our lives, and how we can
    overcome them. Find three examples of brick
    walls from the book and thoroughly explain each.

4
Continuing problems
  • Weak thesis statement that lacks the three
    divisions of proof
  • From taking our first steps to struggling
    through college or a career, we all face brick
    walls or challenges every day throughout our
    life. Some, such as walking through a crowded
    hallway, are not as formidable as others.

5
Continuing problems
  • Using you, I, we
  • Using In this essay I will tell you
  • Well,
  • In conclusion
  • Their for theyre
  • Their for there
  • There for their

6
Incorrect internal citations
  • People used the following
  • Brick walls are there for a reason. (pg. 79).
  • Brick walls are there for a reason (p. 79).
  • Brick walls are there for a reason, -- (79).
  • Instead of the correct form
  • Brick walls are there for a reason (79).

7
New problems
  • Using quotes as assertions
  • Quotes are evidence, not topic sentences or
    assertions
  • Look at the following example

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9
Good intros
  • Have a clever hook -- not quote from the book

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Good intros
  • Have a clever hook -- not quote from the book
  • Provide background information - engaging
  • Thesis statement with three divisions of proof
    that respond to topic
  • Look at the next two examples

12
Intro
13
Intro with voice
14
Conclusions
  • Restate topic and give a strong finish
  • Look at the next example

15
Diction strengthens this conclusion
16
Development of voice
  • Speak with authority
  • Show your personality through diction (word
    choice) and sentence construction.
  • What makes the next paragraph so powerful?
  • How can you incorporate the techniques?

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18
Looking forward
  • At the beginning of this unit, we read several
    poems -- The Road Not Taken (290), Song of the
    Open Road (289), The Courage That My Mother
    Had (610). We discussed courage and discussed
    making courageous choices in life.
  • Write an essay discussing the theme of courage
    using The Last Lecture and at least two of the
    poems you may use all three if you like.
  • Each body paragraph must incorporate at least two
    direct quotations with correct parenthetical
    citations one from the book and one from a
    poem.
  • Your essay must not contain the pronouns I or
    you.

19
Structure of your essay
  • Intro
  • Hook -- no questions
  • Background including general idea of courage
  • How it relates to (and include) title of book and
    title of poem
  • Thesis statement with definition of courage and
    the three divisions of proof that you will
    develop in corresponding body paragraphs

20
Body paragraphs
  • Transitional element -- Sentence or transition
    word
  • Assertion (one of your divisions of proof)
  • Evidence from book or poem - introduced and cited
  • Explanation of how it supports the assertion -
    often more than one sentence
  • Evidence from book or poem
  • Explanation of how it supports the assertion
  • Concluding sentence -- clincher OR sentence that
    sets up movement to next idea

21
Strong body paragraphs
  • Use transition words to connect sentences
  • Use precise diction that is colorful and engaging
  • Vary sentence structures
  • Sound good

22
Strong body paragraphs
  • Will explain one element of courage as it appears
    in both the poem and the book (level 1 depth)
  • Will apply that lesson to people and how they
    can incorporate that into their lives (level 2
    depth)

23
Conclusion
  • Transitional element that is NOT In conclusion
  • Restates the thesis - different words
  • Mentions key points of essay
  • Leaves reader with final thought -- a strong
    finish

24
To prepare
  • Read topic and determine your one sentence
    response
  • Step one Courage is ________ and has these three
    parts
  • Step two textual support
  • Step three write the thesis

25
Thesis idea
  • Many people mistakenly limit the idea of courage
    to staring down fear on a battlefield when the
    truth is that courage appears in daily life and
    defines itself as the unquenchable desire to
    fulfill ones dreams despite obstacles, the
    willingness to take chances no one else believes
    in, and the ability to transform ones eventual
    death into inspiration for others.
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