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Essay Writing Skills: *The writing process: Steps Tasks Resources Planning … Determine the paper’s purpo…e Assignment criteria Develop a thesis statement Your facilitator Generate ideas Center for writing excellence Organize into outline Drafting … Write the body first … Same as above Introduction and conclusion last Focus on content not grammar Revising … Determine if content is rel…vant Writing partner Decide what info is missing Add transitions Check for consistency with APA guidelines Proofreading … Check for grammatical error… Microsoft word tools Submitting … Save the paper as microsoft word document *Writing a thesis statement Choose a topic … Meditation Choose a position … Is meditation good for me? Make it specific and foc…sed Is regular meditation good for me because it reduces stress? Check your information … Have studies shown that regular Have enough support meditation is good for me because it reduces stress? Be clear what side you’r… on Have studies shown that we people who regularly meditate are less stressed than those who don’t? Make a statement … Studies show that we people who regularly meditate, are less stressed than those who don’t. Use the third person … Studies show that people who regularly meditate are less stressed than those who don’t. This is just one of the many benefits of regular meditation. Limit word count … People who regularly meditate benefit from a decrease in stress. *What is an essay? ● Introduction ( leading up to thesis statement ) ● First paragraph ( main point or argument ) ● Second paragraph ( second main point or argument ) ● Third paragraph ( third main point or argument ) ● Conclusion ( emphasizes the argument showcased ) *Writing process - Read the syllabus and follow instructions carefully. Understand all assignment requirements. - When you know your audience, you can adjust your tone, vocabulary and point of view. *Supporting your thesis statement ● In the body of your essay, you support your thesis. ● When you answer ‘why’ about a thesis, you are supporting it. You show that you have effective evidence and solid reasoning. ● Body of essay: statement supporting thesis using evidence. *Organizing different types of essays - Narration: To tell a story that sheds light on an issue or event. To tell a story in order to reflect on its significance. - Description: To explain how a person or object looks. - Process analysis: To explain how to do things by breaking it into steps. - Classification-Division: To break a subject into parts and analyze the parts to better understand the whole. To make sense of a group of individual items by grouping related items. - Comparison-Contrast: To explore similarities or differences between subjects. To analyze choices objectively, argue a preference for one choice or present an analogy. - Cause-Effect: To analyze causes or effects of an event or situation. To explain, speculate, or argue. - Argumentation: To advance a specific point of view through the use of logic and evidence. *Creating effective introductions and conclusions: Once you support a thesis, it will be easy to write the introductory paragraph. Get the reader’s attention - Use a vivid opening quotation that relates to your topic. - Present an idea that your thesis disproves. - Offer a surprising fact or statistic. - State an opinion related to your topic. - Describe a problem or dilemma. ● Your conclusion answers the question “ so what?”. ● Your conclusion must stress the importance of the thesis statement, offer new connections and conclusions, provide the essay with a sense of completeness and leave a final impression. ● Ways to conclude your essay are : restate the thesis, summarize the main points, ask a question, challenge the reader to take action, offer a quotation or provide an ironic twist, observation or clever ending. *Revising: Ask yourself - Have I created an effective thesis statement? - Have I organized my ideas in a logical fashion? - Do the paragraphs in the body, effectively support my thesis statement? - Have I written a strong introduction and conclusion? Involve a writing buddy if possible. Writing your first draft: ● Follow the outline ● Expand on points ● Just write! Edit later ● Remember, writing takes work.