Writing a Formal Essay by FB9lX9Q

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									    Writing a
Supported Opinion
     Essay
Prewriting
Brainstorming Process
Select the essay topic.
Start writing down what you know
 about the topic - Anything to get you
 going.
Prepare tentative thesis statements.

Formulate ideas for your body
 paragraphs.
Write down numerous ideas that can
 possibly be used. Write down ALL of
 your ideas, they might prove to be
 useful later.
  Creating the Thesis Statement
A thesis statement is a complete sentence
that contains one main idea. This idea
controls the content of the entire essay.
It is a statement of argument. A thesis
statement that contains sub-points also
helps a reader know how the essay will be
organized.

You should remember that you will need
to reformulate your thesis throughout the
process
    Writing the Thesis Statement
 A thesis statement should generally be at
  the end of the introductory paragraph of
  your essay. There are three main
  components to an effective thesis
  statement. You need to have:
    1. The topic
    2. Your opinion
    3. Blueprint of your reasoning within
     the sentence or in sentences nearby.
    Thesis Statement Examples
 Psychologists have argued for decades about how
a person’s character is formed. Numerous
psychologists believe that one’s birth order (i.e.
place in the family as the youngest, oldest, or
middle child) has the greatest influence. Birth
order can have a significant impact in the
formation of a child’s character based on personal
experience growing up in a family of four children.
Birth order can strongly affect one’s relationship
with parents, relationships with others, and how
one views responsibility as an adult.
    Where is the thesis statement in this
                    paragraph?
 Thesis Statement Examples
Psychologists have argued for decades about how
a person’s character is formed. Numerous
psychologists believe that one’s birth order (i.e.
place in the family as the youngest, oldest, or
middle child) has the greatest influence. Birth
order can have a significant impact in the
formation of a child’s character based on
personal experience growing up in a family
of four children. Birth order can strongly affect
one’s relationship with parents, relationships with
others, and how one views responsibility as an
adult.
       Where is the supporting detail?
   Thesis Statement Support
 Psychologists have argued for decades about
how a person’s character is formed. Numerous
psychologists believe that one’s birth order (i.e.
place in the family as the youngest, oldest, or
middle child) has the greatest influence. Birth
order can have a significant impact in the
formation of a child’s character based on personal
experience growing up in a family of four children.
Birth order can strongly affect one’s
relationship with parents, relationships with
others, and how one views responsibility as
an adult.
             Make an Outline

   Develop supporting details for each of
    your main supporting points.
   These can be examples, facts, quotations,
    reasons, research findings, and statistics.
   Be sure your support is accurate and
    relevant to your thesis.
             Make an Outline
   You outline is very important. It guides
    you through the task of actually writing
    the essay.
   Be sure to think it through, so you don’t
    waste time and energy writing about
    things not relevant or helpful to your
    argument.
Writing the
  Essay
               Introduction

   Begin with a hook or lead to draw in your
    reader. This is not your thesis.
   Engage your reader with several general
    statements to introduce your topic.
   Transition to your thesis.
   Outline your main supporting points.
        Supporting Paragraphs

   Each supporting paragraph should have a
    topic sentence (the main supporting
    point.)
   Include at least two details to support the
    main supporting point.
        Supporting Paragraphs

   Paragraphs should conclude with
    statements connecting the main idea of
    the paragraph to the thesis and
    transitioning to the next primary
    supporting point.
                Conclusion

   Restate your thesis using different words
    from those used in your introduction.
   Remind your reader of the most salient
    points you have used to prove your thesis.
   Leave the reader with something to think
    about.

								
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