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Copy of Jane Schaffer Writing
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Jane Schaffer Writing Method Who is Jane Schaffer? Jane was a master teacher whose methodology for writing essays is taught in high schools around the country. She died in August 2010 from a brain tumor. Her legacy lives on through her writing program which is used in high schools throughout the United States and around the world. The Basics Writing method based on active participation. Developed for high school students Provides a formula during "training stage" 9 week timeline teaching literature
analysis and personal essay skills. Essay A piece of writing that expresses
your thoughts (commentary)
about a subject. All essays you will write in this unit will have at least 4 paragraphs. An introduction, 2 body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. What are the parts of an essay? Introduction Thesis statement tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion. is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
directly answers the question asked of you. makes a claim that others might dispute.
is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel. first paragraph in an essay. It
includes the thesis statement. Body Paragraphs The middle paragraphs in an essay. These help develop a point you want to make. Conclusion This is the last paragraph in your paper. Can either:
sum up your ideas
reflect on what you said
give more commentary about the subject
give a personal statement about the subject does not contain concrete details or repeat statements you've already made in the introduction and body paragraphs Prewriting The process of getting concrete details
onto paper before you organize
your essay into paragraphs. There are many different methods
for prewriting: bubble clusters, spider diagrams, outlines, columns, line clusters, etc. Do what works for you.