English 9070-101 Chapter 8 Notes
English 9070-101 Chapter 8 Notes English 9070-101
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Chapter 8 Notes Reading, Planning, and Organizing Essays Goal 1: Understand the purpose of an essay Goal 2: Read Essays effectively Goal 3: Express your ideas in essay form Goal 4: Choose a topic Goal 5: Generate ideas about your topic Goal 6: Consider audience, purpose, and tone Goal 7: Write a thesis statement Goal 8: Plan and organize your essay Goal 1: Understand the purpose of an essay An Essay is a group of paragraphs that examine a single topic and focus on a single idea about that topic. Why should I read and write essays? Improves yourself, gives more knowledge and better understanding and followed writing process. Goal 2: Read Essays effectively There is NO standard numbers of paragraphs required for an essay. Reading essays for retention, Recall, and Response Highlight as you read Annotate as you read (recording thoughts on the side) Connect ideas to your background experience Identify the organizational patterns used Review and write after reading Goal 3: Express your ideas in Essay Form Write essays to express ideas: Essay and paragraph writing share the same process: Present ideas to audiences and know your audience. (if talking about a transmission with a mechanic talk to what they know and understand to where as you tell your English professor, Paint them a picture to a better understanding. Ex. give more detail to what is needed) Similar structure Similar parts Essay organization models paragraph organization Essays need an opening paragraph Ideas are explained by supporting details in individual paragraphs Goal 4: Choose a topic *Helpful tip: Always be knowledgeable of due dates, specific requirements, lengths, and formatting for essays. Tips for planning/drafting an essay: 1. Determine the purpose of the assignment 2. Looks for clues about organizing/writing your essay 3. Connect the assignment to classroom instruction *Helpful tips: Brainstorm topics using the prewriting techniques learned in Chapter 2 of the textbook Goal 5: Generate ideas about your topic *Helpful tip: Narrow your topic down to a manageable idea Review the 4 methods from Chapter 2: Freewriting Questioning Branching Brainstorming Goal 6: Consider Audience, Purpose, and Tone Consider your Audience 1. Is my reader familiar with the topic? 2. How much background should i provide? 3. Do i need to define unfamiliar terms? 4. Do i need to explain unfamiliar people, places, events, parts, or processes? Consider your purpose: To express yourself To inform To persuade Consider tone: Tone: Means how you sound to your readers and how you feel about your topic Avoid slang expressions Use 1st person pronouns (I, Me) sparingly Make your writing sound more formal than casual conversation or a letter to a close friend To achieve a more formal tone, avoid informal or everyday words Goal 7: Write a Thesis Statement An effective thesis statement: States the main point of your essay Asserts an idea about your topic Is as specific and detailed as possible Suggests the organization of your essay Does not announce your topic Offers a fresh, interesting, and original perspective of the topic Goal 8: Plan and organize your essay Strategies for planning your essay: 1. Use outlining and idea mapping 2. Obtain complete and correct information 3. Organize your essay
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