- Intro paragraph—often written last
- State background of the case
- Lead naturally in to:
- Thesis statement towards end (Arguable, Narrow, One-Three Sentences, changeable)
- Put your thesis statements on the board. If you are writing a “creative” response, you should have in mind and be able to state your “implied” thesis.
- Body Paragraphs—pick your best point and write that paragraph first then your next best until you get to your least persuasive point.
- Topic sentence at the top.
- Sandwich quotes
- Signal phrases.
- Connect the evidence.
- One paragraph, at least should be devoted to making the case against your ideas and then “unmaking” them. Try, Some might argue that… but I argue that…
- Transition statement?
- Put your three best points—not the facts, the idea the facts demonstrate—under your thesis statement.
- Keep it short.
- Reinforce main point
How’s your outline look?
- Part of this is developing critical thinking skills. Analytical reasoning. That’s why I can only go so far to help you without doing the thinking for you. There are two skills we are working on, skills that will keep us out of the same jobs we are writing about: communication and analytical reasoning. That’s where the money is. And in taking risks.
Peer Editing, a crash course. Your peer editors will have different topics than you do, so that you can better judge how clear it is to a fresh audience.
- The Two Rules of Peer Editing
- Be Kind
- Be Honest
- Sample Essay Peer Edit
- Handout copies.
- Someone other than the writer reads it aloud.
- Mark it as you go.
- Fill in form.
- Discuss form with writer
- Writer asks questions.
For most questions this mix should lean towards the use of printsources.
January 24th: Rough Draft Due. Bring four copies for peer editing.
January 25th: Complete Peer Editing. Introduction to using sources.
January 26th: Sources continued. How to integrate.
January 30: Draft Two Due. Bring two copies