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Transcript of Essay Format
The Basic Essay Sandwich
Begin with an introductory statement (think: topic sentence) that is the
of the paragraph.
Analyze the evidence
Rinse and repeat!
REMEMBER: You cannot have evidence speak for itself. It must be analyzed...and the analysis must support the claim you're making in your
...which, in turn, supports your
Remind the reader what you argued and how you proved it. Finally, leave them with additional thoughts or questions about the topic. This is the place to show that your argument (and topic) MATTER.
your topic with a FOCUSED hook
Do not start your essay with... "In a world"
Define terms, connect, and transition.
What is a Thesis Statement?
your argument on the topic
your skewer that holds the essay together
the thing you are trying to prove
significant (personally and globally)
It's like argument inception
Sample Body Paragraph
The Super Essay: Kebab
An introduction with a thesis statement (skewer) that sticks to every part of the essay.
Meaty body paragraphs with juicy evidence and analysis.
One crispy conclusion that leaves a reader wanting another bite!
Envy and jealousy are two words often confused with each other. The dividing point, however, is that envy comes about when one does not have what another has, and jealousy appears when a person feels like something of theirs is threatened by an outside source. In OTHELLO, by William Shakespeare, jealousy plays a huge role in the advancement of the plot and two tragic deaths.
Othello's fatal flaw is his jealousy, which ultimately causes him to lose his sanity, pushing him to kill his wife and himself.
Within OF MICE AND MEN, the few female characters in the novel all are portrayed as inferior to men within the ranch’s social hierarchy. For example, a conversation between Whit and George illustrates the way that the men on the ranch view women. Whit asks George, “Seen the new kid yet?”(Steinbeck 51). Without skipping a beat, George infers that his colleague means Curley’s wife, and George quickly responds that he has. Whit then goes on to describe her as a “looloo” (Steinbeck 51). By referring to Curley’s wife as a looloo and the new kid, Whit reveals his disdain for her and shows that he does not respect her as an intelligent adult. In addition, Curley’s wife is never given a name, even though she plays a central role in the plot. By making this choice, Steinbeck illustrates how very little power and social influence women had at the time. Moreover, Steinbeck shows that in this culture, once a woman is married, she has no name and no identity outside of her husband. As such, it is no surprise that she is not seen as a valued member of society…
In conclusion, I would like to end with some food for thought. As teenagers, our brains are wired fast. We think fast, we talk fast, we move fast. And we like our music just the same. We never really sit down and take the time to look at what more is out there in the music world for us to discover. As part of our fast lives as teenagers, we need to take time every day for ourselves to relax and slow down, even if it is five minutes. Classical music is an effective way to reduce stress, and improve focus. Even I, a classical music lover, admit that it is not always what I listen to every second of every day, but I know that when I need to focus, or just take a break and relax, it is exactly what I need. Now, I encourage all of you to see for yourselves! As world-renowned conductor, teacher, and speaker, Benjamin Zander says, we all have the ability to hear, listen, and understand classical music. Studies have shown the many increasingly powerful benefits, and who knows? You might even like it once you give it a try.