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APA BASIC ENGLISH
Transcript of APA BASIC ENGLISH
Mrs. Finan's Basic English Class
Topic: Be sure you choose a topic that you can find information on. Remember that you are to do research and incorporate direct quotes/personal experience into your paper
Finding a topic that you already know a little bit about or that your find interesting will be extremely helpful
20% of grade
Due Last week of Class
My 1st paragraph would be about history of hip hop
My 2nd would be about the artists
My 3rd would be about the impact of pop culture as a whole
Let's review the requirements:
12 point font
4-6 Pages (not including title and reference page)
APA format (title page, 5 paragraph essay, references)
**No other pages (abstract, table of contents, etc)
Content: The Five paragraph essay
Constructing Thesis Statements through Pre-writing Continued
One pre-writing method I use is a cluster map, here is an example: on white board
Body paragraphs should include three separate main points . Each of these points should begin with a topic sentence. A topic sentence guides the body paragraph just as a thesis guides the entire essay
This paragraph should wrap things up and bring your paper to a nice close
It is a good idea here to repeat your thesis statement in a different way to remind readers of your central idea
Our hip-hop sample --What is wrong with it?
Before we talk about references, there are some points to remember
When choosing a thesis, remember that you do not want a thesis that is too broad ("Disease shaped human history") or too narrow ("I failed my biology course") You want a thesis that is just right!!
Remember to use transitions within your paragraphs.......
Impact on pop culture 3rd
Salt and Peppa
Sugar Hill Gang
Impact on Women
Here are some tips for Thesis Statements that Goldilocks would approve of:
Now on to the Reference Page
At least 3 sources are required
How do you find sources?
Online Academic Databases
Google Scholar vs. Google
example search for hip hop
In Touch Magazine Vs. Time
The debatable Wikipedia
Be sure to determine the credibility of your sources
In text Citations
Introduction: Start your paper in a creative way, tell a story, use a quote or statistic, but most importantly include a thesis statement at the end of your introductory paragraph
Sometimes called 1-3-1 Essay
Possible Thesis Statement from our Cluster Map:
In order for society to understand the hip hop movement, people must first explore the history, the artists, and the impact on pop culture as a whole.
Some Helpful Websites
Works Cited Sites:
Paper Topics Sites
One sentence that explains everything you are going to write about in your paper. Usually includes one statement about three specific items you are going to focus on.....
Ways to Create a Thesis: Through Pre-Writing
- Making a List
-Preparing a scratch outline
What is a thesis statement???
The evolution of MTV, the Rodney King incident and the Watts Riots have all had a historical impact on hip-hop music.
Throughout history, hip hop has produced artists that were taken away too young. The deaths of Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur and Marvin Gaye could have all been prevented.
Hip-hop has impacted the way young people dress, talk, and behave in society.
Revised Thesis Statements using our Example
Tips for Creating Effective Thesis Statements
Avoid being vague- what is the point you want to prove about your topic? A better working thesis would require more thinking and research. -Remember a thesis can be re-worked-Sometimes it helps to write your thesis after you have started writing!-Avoid announcing your thesis "Today I am going to talk about....," "The subject of this paper will be...."-Avoid having more than one idea
How could we revise our hip-hop statement? It would be possible to do a paper just on the history of hip-hop, its artists, or its impact on society
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