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Structuring Your Essay

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Andrea McCaffree-Wallace

on 10 August 2015

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Transcript of Structuring Your Essay

This author uses the "funnel down" technique, filling the reader in on general details before "narrowing down" to the specific thesis.
The introduction
Finishing the Essay
The author skillfully touches on the first two body paragraphs (reverence and fun) as he transitions into the final body paragraph.
Tips to consider
The body paragraphs
Writing the Narrative
Structuring Your Essay
This method also takes the audience into account by giving background info.
Notice that the thesis
states the topic,
makes a claim,
does not announce the topic, and
moves beyond the simplistic and obvious.
See pages 29-32 in WM for more help with theses.
The topic sentence
links the paragraph to the thesis,
states the topic of the paragraph,
and makes a claim about the topic.
details to
keep the
Can you
find the transitions?
Body paragraphs
consist of the evidence, reasons, explanation, description, and examples that make up the bulk of the essay. The type of details you use in the body paragraphs are determined by the purpose of your writing. In business writing, for example, you wouldn't use much sensory description.
Transition between paragraphs as well as between details.
You may know transition words such as "first", "next" and "last", but work on using stronger transitions that move past stating simplistic relationships.
See pages 54-55 for more on transitions.
Transitions keep your ideas orderly and clear. The also help to make your point clearer by expressing the relationships between ideas.
You don't have to begin at the beginning. If you don't have ideas for the intro when you sit down to write, begin where you have ideas. An outline can come in handy for this!
Only spend the first 2-3 sentences of a conclusion summarizing the paper.
The last part of the conclusion should explore the significance or "big picture"importance of your point.
Work on populating your body paragraphs with details and description. Remember, you don't want your story to read like a list.
You don't have write about a profound experience to make an important meaning from it. The meaning comes from your own analysis of the situation.
Filling your paper with description, character development, dialogue, and analysis will help you reach the full 2 pages. Planning some of these elements ahead of time will also help.
This author relates the topic in this paragraph to the topic before it for a very strong transition.
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