Author: Melissa Baker

A range of ways to plan essays: • Write a summary of your main argument. This is particularly helpful for clarifying and refining ideas. • Write the first sentence of each paragraph. These should answer the question and form a coherent whole. • Write the conclusion first. Then, work out what you will need to…

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INTRO 1-2 paragraphs         Hook (Interesting fact, statistic, anecdote) Brief explanation of issue (context/background)Thesis statement (opinion in the form of a statement) BODY PARAGRAPH         Topic sentence identifying one supporting reason for thesis claim Expand upon your topic sentenceEvidentiary support – statistic, anecdote, quotation, paraphrased material – with parenthetical…

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“Is the world changing for the better?” (College Board, 2012; p823) Thesis: At present the world is not changing for the better. ILA. 1.Evidence| 2.Analysis 1.Evidence| Over 60% of the forest that previous covered the earth has been cut down. 2.Analysis| Clearing space for development is one of the main causes for the destruction of forests.…

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DEFINTION:  An argumentative essay uses reasoning, logic, and evidence—not emotion—to take a definitive stand on a controversial or debatable issue. The essay explores two sides of a topic and proves why one side or position is the best. Strategies* to Organize an Argumentative Essay Consider your topic and choose the strategy that best serves it…

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