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  1. Writing an Analytical or Expository Essay Adapted from Write for the Future By Lindsey Mercer

  2. Step 1: Analyze the Prompt Read the prompt. Do you understand the prompt? Highlight keywords from the prompt. Restate the prompt in your own words. One Compare/Contrast Define Criticize Explain Evaluate Justify List Prove Summarize

  3. Step 2: Brainstorm how you think/feel. Everything you know about the prompt Prompt Here. How you feel about the prompt and why Is there data to prove your prompt true/false? What do you truly think the prompt is about?

  4. Thesis Writing What is a thesis statement? • The thesis statement is a sentence that summarizes the main point of your essay and previews your supporting points. • Generally, the thesis statement is the final sentence of your introduction. • Sometimes, it is a good idea to use two sentences. For example, you might identify your main point in one sentence and then identify your supporting points in a second sentence.

  5. Thesis Writing Cont. • To create your thesis statement, consider the following: • What is the essay prompt asking you to do? (It will be helpful to look at the key words that you’ve underlined). Are you being asked to describe something, compare the advantages of disadvantages of a topic, argue an opinion, or something else? • What is your main idea? • What are your sub-points? • Think about these questions in relation to the sample essay topic.

  6. Thesis Writing Cont. • Step Three: • Formulate a thesis statement and write it down.

  7. Backing Up Your Thesis • After writing your thesis, you will need three statements or examples to back up your thesis. • Each should be written in complete sentence form.

  8. Tree Map Thesis Statement #1 Statement #2 Statement #3 Back it up or explain the statement here. Back it up or explain the statement here. Back it up or explain the statement here. Each explanation or back-up should be at least two sentences in length.

  9. Introductory Paragraph • Write it after you have written your thesis. • Write it after you have written your three back-up statements. • This way, you know the introduction will match with what you said in your statements and thesis.

  10. Transitions • Find the common bond or relationship between your paragraphs. • Write a sentence that explains that common bond. • The next slide has lots of transitions…

  11. Transition to statement #2 Transition to statement #3 Transition to Conclusion Flow Map Introduction Transition to statement #1 Statement #1 and explanation Statement #2 and explanation Statement #3 and explanation Conclusion

  12. Write the Conclusion • Restate the main idea of your essay, or your thesis statement • Summarize the three subpoints of your essay • Leave the reader with an interesting final impression

  13. Finished Flee Map • A finished flee map should look like the following slide.

  14. Statement #1 Statement #2 Statement #3 Explanation Explanation Explanation Transition to statement #2 Transition to statement #3 Transition to Conclusion Flee Map Introduction Transition to statement #1 Conclusion

  15. Flee Map • Your finished Flee Map is your rough draft of your essay. • It will be messy, and that’s OK! • Scratch stuff out, circle things, re-write if you need to! • Each paragraph of your essay will be divided like this:

  16. Statement #1 Statement #2 Statement #3 Explanation Explanation Explanation Transition to statement #2 Transition to statement #3 Transition to Conclusion Flee Map Introduction Transition to statement #1 Conclusion

  17. Convert to Final Draft • Now, all you have to do is convert your Flee Map into your final draft. • Paragraph form • Proper Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

  18. Sources • Write for the Future • Purdue Online Writing Lab • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ • Study Guides and Strategies • http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm