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Writing an Essay

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Sherri McMillan

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of Writing an Essay

an ESSAY is the written expression of its author's opinion Introduction: The opening paragraph of an essay
General Specific Open the essay with a HOOK to capture the reader's attention. Background information: author, title, reference to work cited the reason for writing the essay - where the purpose becomes clear Thesis: The main idea of an essay. This sentence is the focus of entire essay, all topic sentences must link back
to this sentence. Your commentary
will lead the reader to
this statement. A Thesis contains a subject and an opinion about that subject. The BODY of an essay - The body paragraph General CLINCHER: Final thought, leaves the reader with a lasting impression Concrete Detail: Muscle of your essay.
The real power of your essay - you must have evidence. Too much muscle is not attractive Commentary: This is your opinion. It adds flavor and interest to your essay. It is like fat, it insulates the facts with explanation and description. Like the muscle man Concrete detail,
Too much commentary is also unattractive! The Hat Trick: It is magic when the clincher rolls back to the hook! The Hook - The top hat - It is an elegant hook that attracts the reader's attention. Clincher: The final sentence that leaves the reader with a lasting impression. General Repeat the concrete details and commentaries as necessary in a ratio of 1:2 as needed for the length of the discussion. concluding sentence: includes a transition statement leading into the next paragraph. Topic Sentence: Main idea of the paragraph Concrete Detail: quotations or facts that support the main idea of the paragraph Commentary: discussion of the concrete detail that connects the concrete detail to the Thesis Statement Conclusion: the final paragraph of an essay. Specific Restate the
thesis: reiterate the
main idea of the essay Summary of concrete details New ideas that support the main idea - strongest argument The perfect essay has a balance of concrete details
and commentary. It has muscle with enough fat to round out and create interesting dimension. This is the perfect essay! http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
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