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T.E.X.A.S. Chain Paragraph Massacre

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Transcript of T.E.X.A.S. Chain Paragraph Massacre

Topic sentences =
structure
Guide
your reader through your argument
Organize
your paragraphs
Pitfalls
Analysis=
breaking things down
Connect the Dots!
$1.25
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
T=Topic Sentence
How to Structure Your Paper
E=Expand
X=eXample
Quotes: Connecting the Dots
A=Analysis
S
=Summarize


Include
brief background
details


NOT the time to analyze or explain
How can you prove your T.S.?

Quote Sandwich
: introduce, quote, explain



Paraphrase
:
summarize + cite
0) If your thesis statement is not at the top of your list of quotes, write it there now.

1) Read through the quotes

2)
Next to each one, write how it proves your thesis

3)Start to jot down notes about what background information each quote would need for the reader to understand the topic



Every sentence

in the paragraph should relate to the T.S.

The T.S. should clearly
connect to your thesis.

Gut Check:
Go sentence by sentence and ask yourself, "Does this directly connect to my T.S.?"

Examine your example and answer the following:


1) What does it
MEAN
?
2) What is the
EFFECT
?
3) Why is it
SIGNIFICANT?


This is when you actually
prove your thesis
. So make sure to
connect the dots

between the evidence and your topic sentence.
Multiple topics per paragraph

Lacks Topic Sentence
Use the last sentence to highlight a key point from the paragraph





Why? It helps guide your reader.
Time to add evidence
Brainstorm
Expand on the Topic
Breaking things down
T.E.X.A.S. Paragraph
Main Focus of your Paragraph
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