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5 Paragraph Essay Expectations

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Mr. Sye

on 23 February 2018

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Do the following things, and you will be successful.
Do it your way, and you won't...
Body Paragraphs (3)
First things first, you should have three (3) body paragraphs that include textual support if required.

A Descriptive/Narrative essay typically don't require textual support

A paragraph has three major structural parts
1. a topic sentence (main point)

2. supporting sentences/developing sentences (tell the story)
Adequate Development
 It is important to fully develop and discuss the topic of your paragraph. If your paragraph is only 2-3 sentences, there is a good chance that you have not developed it enough.
 Here are some ways you can develop and support your topic:
1. Use examples
2. Tell a story illustrating the idea
3. Compare and Contrast
4. Give data (such as facts, statistics, etc)

3. a concluding sentence
(wrap it up)
The conclusion should work towards closure.
Restate your thesis
Briefly summarize what you've written.
Bringing up new ideas, text evidence, or anything that takes away from closure begs the question, "Why wasn't that put in the body if it was that important?"
Don't make it awkward, just end it...
Transition words are like road signs. They help the reader understand the direction of your thought. They typically come at the beginning of body paragraphs.
Avoid these things!
Air Quotes - they don't belong in academic writing.
Poor grammar - proofread your work.
Summarizing the story
Using large amounts of textual evidence with minimal explanation of said evidence - it doesn't look good and it doesn't work!
Stop completing an essay the night before, not proof reading it, and expecting great results... You're fooling yourself!
Multiple large quotes used as filler
Back to back quotes with no analysis

A good paper introduction is fairly formulaic.

Step 1 = Opener/Attention Grabber/Lead-in
(Rhetorical Question/Anecdote/Strong Statement)
Step 2 = Set up for the thesis
(Background information/complexity of issue)

+ Step 3 = Thesis Statement
(arguable/clear terms/can list 3 points to be made)
MLA Format
Stop using long sentences if you don't know how to properly punctuate them.
Personal pronouns
Air quotes - who are you quoting, yourself?
Block quotes that aren't 'properly cited or more than one if any at all!
5 Paragraph Essay
Simply set up your essay and move on
However, I really do want you to win...
Types of Essays: Quick Review

Four Major Types of Essays
Distinguishing between types of essays is simply a matter of determining the writer’s goal. Does the writer want to tell about a personal experience, describe something, explain an issue, or convince the reader to accept a certain viewpoint? The four major types of essays address these purposes:
1. Narrative Essays: Telling a Story
In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. When writing a narrative essay, writers should try to involve the reader by making the story as vivid as possible.
2. Descriptive Essays: Painting a Picture
A cousin of the narrative essay, a descriptive essay paints a picture with words. A writer might describe a person, place, object, or even memory of special significance. The descriptive essay strives to communicate a deeper meaning through the description.
- Show vs Tell
3. Expository Essays: Just the Facts
The expository essay is an informative piece of writing that presents a balanced analysis of a topic. In an expository essay, the writer explains or defines a topic, using facts, statistics, and examples.
- based on facts and not personal feelings, writers don’t reveal their emotions or write in the first person.
- Use textual evidence
- C/E/A
4. Persuasive Essays: Convince Me
While like an expository essay in its presentation of facts, the goal of the persuasive essay is to convince the reader to accept the writer’s point of view or recommendation.
- must be able to communicate clearly and without equivocation why a certain position is correct.
- Use textual evidence
- C/E/A
Body for Expository or Persuasive/Argumentative Essay that requires textual evidence
Claim/Evidence/Analysis format is expected

Claim should consist of a point
Claim may be arguable depending on task
Evidence should support aforementioned claim
Analysis should work to say why the evidence supports claim, interpret what the evidence means, and why does it matter or what significance does it have
Analysis that consists of say > mean > matter
Anything else is just a summary ...
Use this when Text support is expected!
C/E/A Paragraph Help!
Below, is a YouTube clip of an activity that we've done in the past to work on our C/E/A paragraphs. Everybody should be familiar with our Essential Class Quote (ECQ) writing activity.
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