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The Act of Writing
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then fill details in after. Transitions serve as passageways in essays. Prepared by:
Josh Mendoza What are some aspects students tend to misunderstand when writing? If I don't hit it the first time, then I've failed. When I write, I am speaking on paper. The best words are the BIGGEST words. I don't like to write. Questions students must answer before starting an essay.. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Why am I writing? How big is my topic? What message am I sending? Who is my audience? Five key essentials that complete an essay PREWRITING Introduction BODY Transitions CLOSINg prewriting How do we begin the act of writing? The process of writing begins with our thoughts. If we don't take time to think about our ideas, our essay will have no purpose. Free Association "Ice Breaker" Brainstorming Freewriting Once you have your topic identified, write down ideas related to it. Find the best points then put them in order. If you can't think of ideas, take a blank piece of paper, think of your topic, and write ANYTHING that immediately pops into your head. This serves as the opening passage of your essay that also includes the thesis statement. Anecdote Quotation or Allusion Sense Images Comparison or Contrast Narrative Puzzling Statement Figures of Speech Background Information To start out a strong introduction, you may also choose to include some of the following: English 1-1
mr. macleod The body explains, illustrates, and attempts to prove your thesis statement. When writing the body of your essay, it is very crucial to stay focused on the subject and write about the things that matter. It keeps your flow of thoughts connected and in logical order. NARRATION EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION CAUSE AND EFFECT COMPARISON AND CONTRAST ANALOGY AND RELATED DEVICES CLASSIFICATION PROCESS ANALYSIS ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Although But Therefore Since On the other hand Because The closing is the ending to every essay.. The place where the writing stops. Be Deliberate Achieve a worthwhile purpose And let your reader know that this is where you have chosen to stop CLOSING But just halting the words just isn't enough.. A closing also has to... So how should our essays come to a close? Remember! A good closing can be even stronger than a good opening. Here are some techniques we can use to create an effective closing: Question Contrast or Reversal Quotation Revealing the Significance Transition SIgnals Reference to opening Summary Conclusion Prediction but wait... There's more! argumentation Persuasion (Through logic) (Through emotions) Techniques to Argumentation Deduction - accepts general principles and applies it to specific cases Induction - observes particular cases then formulates a general rule Techniques to Persuasion Word Choice Repitition Hyperbole Analogy and Figures of Speech Irony Appeal to authority/prestige Fright Climax