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Sick of the 5 paragraph essay?

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Casey Bazyk

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Sick of the 5 paragraph essay?

Sick of the 5 paragraph essay?
Me too!

Making Connections
Exordium: Literally, the web that draws listeners into the speech (in your case, essay); the speaker introduces the subject at hand and includes material that makes the audience both attentive and receptive to the argument.
Your Essay
Using all or some of the evidence that you have found in your research, describe what you believe are the three most important motivations for immigration to America and then explain how immigration from the past should have an effect on modern immigration.

In your essay, be sure to include specific examples and details from your historical research to support your answers.

Writing Your Exordium
This portion of your essay should contextualize the issue at hand for your readers and let them know why your topic is an important one for them to consider.

Make a connection that is meaningful.
1. Tell a story that can be connected to immigration
2. Use a statistic or fact to get your reader thinking
3. Use an interesting quote
The Rest of the Story...
After you introduce what you are going to be saying in an interesting way, you need to give background information. What does your reader need to know in order to understand your essay? We must have CONTEXT!
Thesis Statement

Your thesis should inform the reader what point you will be making or what question you will be answering about the topic. In other words, it is a prelude to your conclusion. A thesis statement should be as specific as possible and address one main idea. Strong theses also take a stand or illustrate the controversial nature of a topic.
Sample Thesis Statement:

The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.
The paper that follows should:

Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

Get to work writing!
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