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What is an Essay

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Seth Croft

on 7 November 2012

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Brainstorm Results Research Our Project Notes Place your own picture
behind this frame! Double click to crop it if necessary San Francisco Budapest Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr What is an Essay? First, we need to understand the different types of writing. Fiction Non-Fiction Verse Prose Poems (stanzas)
Songs (set to music) Novels (100+ pages)
Novellas (50-100 pages)
Short Stories (<50 pages) (line breaks deliberate) (line breaks at
the end of page) Typically written in prose Expository/
Informational Narrative/
Story Persuasive/
Argumentative biography
memoir newspapers
directions Essay
Opinion article The Essay Comes from the French verb "essayer" meaning to try on/out.
About 1 topic and one side!!!
Has a point
4 Paragraphs 9th
5 paragraphs 10th The Prompt The prompt is what you are going to
write about. If you write about anything else, you will fail! Underline/highlight the main words in the Prompt. The writer Mark Twain once said, "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." Write about a time when you made yourself feel better by helping someone else. Does the prompt ask you what to think or tell you what point to make?
What is the main topic?
What are the two points of view?
Three Questions to consider: “Tough challenges reveal our strengths and weaknesses.” This statement is certainly true; adversity helps us discover who we are. Hardships can often lead us to examine who we are and to question what is important in life. In fact, people who have experienced seriously adverse events frequently report that they were positively changed by their negative experiences.

Assignment: Do you think that ease does not challenge us and that we need adversity to help us discover who we are? Brainstorm Drama can be written in prose or verse. Example: Plays, musicals, screenplays The Introduction Hook: Catches the reader's attention (Imagine...) Fact: Transition from what could be to what is (In fact...) Consequence: What bad thing would happen if your thesis did not come true? Connect to your personal story or statistic. (If... then...) Benefit: What good thing would happen
if your thesis did come true? Connect
to personal story or statistic.
(Because..., ...) Thesis: Therefore (answer prompt) because (reason 1) and (reason 2). 2 Body Paragraphs Must have a topic sentence that includes reasons from the thesis.
The first sentence of the first paragraph should contain the first reason.
The first sentence of the second paragraph should contain the second reason. 2 body paragraphs 3 types of persuasion: Emotional: Appeals to a person's feelings
Example: The sad music and
pictures of caged dogs in SPCA Ads. Moral: Appeals to a person's sense of right
and wrong
Example: Pay it Forward campaigns Logical: Appeals to a person's sense of reason.
Statistics about $ or affect on people Rebuttal
The Audience that disagrees with you (give the reason someone would most likely disagree with you). However, I believe (give your best comeback). Conclusion Finally, ... (Summarize each paragraph in a sentence). Pro/Agree Anti/Disagree 3 Reasons
Reason 1
Reason 2
Reason 3 3 Reasons
Reason 1
Reason 2
Reason 3 Audience:
Who would make this argument Audience:
Who would make this argument Ethos Pathos Logos
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