Thursday, March 24


Before Writing...

©       Brainstorm ideas on the subject.
©       Identify the main topics.
©       Use these topics as headings for organising your notes.
©       Decide which side you are on i.e. which arguments are most convincing. Make sure you choose the side that you can fully support.
©       Plan and write an outline for your essay noting down the information you will include in each paragraph.

Introductory Paragraph

Your introduction should:
©       Introduce the topic with a general statement
©       State why it is important
©       State there is a difference of opinion about this topic
©       Thesis statement must state what YOUR claim is and can include the  “parts” of the argument you are going to state.

Body Paragraphs

©       Arguments for:  The reasons “parts” of your thesis statement will be in your body paragraphs.
©       Give clear arguments for your claim with support (examples, statistics, explanations, etc.)
©       Use transition words as you move from paragraph to paragraph (Firstly, secondly, furthermore, in addition, moreover, finally).
©       You can also use any of the transitions from the other essay types 
     as long as they are appropriate for your argument. (You may want to compare/contrast things, give reasons/results, descriptions,definitions etc.)

Refutation Paragraph
©       This is also used to support your claim.
©       Use the counter arguments to show that your idea is the stronger one.
©       Do not focus only on the opposing ideas.

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