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ESSAY ROADMAP - FIVE PARAGRAPH AND BEYOND

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Transcript of ESSAY ROADMAP - FIVE PARAGRAPH AND BEYOND

ESSAY ROADMAP - FIVE PARAGRAPH AND BEYOND
MR. JASON ALEXANDER WRIGHT

INTRODUCTION / THESIS STATEMENT
(The Appetizer)
Your first paragraph reads like a roadmap; readers will get lose if you don't tell them where to go. Basic math: Getting lost = lower grade.
Basic premise:

1. It should get the reader's interest so that he
or she will want to read more.

2. They should let the reader know what the
writing is going to be about.
Ask yourself:

What is my main idea or thesis?

Who is reading my essay?

How will I organize my essay?

Map it out...

INTRO (CONTINUED)
A FEAST OF WORDS
What am I trying to discuss in this paragraph?
What is the point of this paragraph?
Introduce it, discuss it, summarize it, line it up for the next paragraph.
Fill the reader's mind as a good writer...just as a chef will fill a person's belly with good food.
The Body Paragraphs (The Main Course...AKA the "Meat")
Another way to look at it...
Conclusion (The Dessert...)

The conclusion is the end of the essay. It's used as a reflection of prior points you have shown the reader and is meant to reinforce the main idea. It is intended as a sense of finality.

In more concise words, wrap up your writing!

Essays are well-organized. Normally, would you eat dessert first? Would you eat an appetizer after everything else? Typically not. Look at your essay and ask yourself one question: Does this look organized to me? If it doesn't look organized to you, it wouldn't look organized to whoever's grading it!
Linear Organization
Basic Body Paragraph Organization
Your sentences should be in this general order:
Topic sentence (Introduce the paragraph)
Supporting Idea # 1
Sentences to explain supporting idea
Supporting Idea # 2
Sentences to explain supporting idea

Remember...

You are writing an essay for it to be read by someone other than yourself. So, bear in mind that you need to keep it both interesting and organized.
Basic Intro Paragraph Organization
An Introductory Paragraph (Also knows as a thesis statement) is basically organized as follows:
Attention-getter
Give your reader something to think about
Support your attention getter
Make your argument
What points will you use to support your argument?
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