Welcome to this lecture which will explain to you how to write an essay the student should be able to describe what is in each of the five paragraphs in the essay define what a thesis is in an essay find and cite a source with evidence for a point that supports the thesis and give an example of changing informal language to form a language I’m Monica wahi a lecturer at Library College in Milton Massachusetts if you are not in my class I hope this helps you write your own five paragraph essay but please realize that your class may have different requirements for your essay if you are in my class at lab or a college then watch and listen carefully if you follow the instructions in this you will write a dynamite high quality essay that will get you an excellent grade so wherever you are from welcome. Check great examples of five paragraph essays at Edusson.
I hope you get a lot out of my lecture on how to write a five paragraph essay okay so let’s go over with this covers first this will define what a thesis is and explain the parameters of this assignment I will go over the resources you can use to help you write your essay as well as coach you on how to do research for your essay then I will go through each of the five paragraphs and explain how to break them then I’ll cover a few more topics about your essays I’ll go over the reference list the requirements for the writing style grading and other resources you can use in addition to the essay resources alright let’s get started before I explain the requirements of your assignment let me be clear about what an essay actually is an essay is a short piece of writing often assigned as homework this is because essays require the student to exercise skills taught in high school in college such as close reading analysis and persuasion the purpose of the essay or the reason that teachers and professors assign essays is so that the student has a chance to practice developing his or her own ideas and concepts directed mainly by the student’s own thoughts.
This can be contrasted to the concept of a research paper where the goal is very different from an essay in a research paper no opinion is presented only facts so the essay assignment gives the student a chance to practice stating a reasoned opinion I added a link to the slide which goes into more detail about essays why we have them the different types help with writing them and so on you will see if you go to the link this cute logo the ole owl is spelled Oh W L and that actually stands for the Purdue University online Writing Lab I’ll be setting that amazing resource throughout the course gotta love the whole so the good news about five paragraph essays is that they are short only five paragraphs.
I think one of the ways you could you could make a response to the objection is to argue that when we talk about cutting things because of budgeting that the need of focus on testing that’s secondary to the traditional educational content that schools offer and one of those one of part of that content includes music and arts historically so maybe that would be an example right so just getting the practice of developing objection and then offered a brief response now rule 38 I don’t have much to say about this because I think it’s pretty straightforward it’s the idea that you need to get feedback and use it right so one of the things is once once you write in a first draft and then a second draft SN you’ve reworked the objections and all that sort of stuff and you have to sort of draft you’re ready to look at what you need to do is you need to let other people look at it and let them give you feedback and responses to it.
Now when people give you feedback we need to actually use the feedback that they give you so one of the things I find for instance in my own set of classes is that a lot of times students will write essays I’ll give feedback and then they don’t use the feedback so if someone gives you feedback you need to use it now we should mention here though that there are cases in which feedback may not be not all feedback is equal and so you have to prioritize how you’re gonna use feedback but any every time you get feedback you need to at least to consider how you could use it and if you will and then finally rule 39 here is modesty please don’t claim more than you have shown so here the basic idea is be humble remember when you’re writing an argumentative essay that that you’re actually learning about what you think and the truth is is that you don’t know everything right I don’t know everything so you need to be humble and this means this is important because this goes to the whole notion of what an argument essays supposed to do but is it supposed to facilitate dialogue on a specific topic or so please be humble as you write these things and write it remember the let’s put there’s a the best writers are the ones who are still learning and who recognize they’re still in a process of learning.
So what a lot of times if what I’ve found in the past is that if the student writes an essay and it has lacks modesty and they sort of presume a lot of things it’s usually a poor essay it’s not poor because I don’t like their writing style or whatnot it’s poor because they’re so confident that they haven’t considered other objections for instance and I haven’t considered other points of view or other modes of interpretation that need to be addressed and we all can fail because of those sorts of mistakes so please be modest right remember you’re still in the process of learning and all of us are really right let me go back here to the beginning here so as you can see that’ll actually conclude our discussion now for argumentative essays and what the rules of reasoning are for them now there is a lot more we could say here and again these this video series is fairly broad in general but I’m hoping that these rules of reasoning are some of a quick guide to help you.
Whether you’re writing an essay for school, to argue a point, or to advance an opinion, the steps to follow are the same. You will need Topic or question Knowledge of the subject Research and pen and paper.
Step 1. Choose a topic of interest. If you don’t have a choice in the matter, make sure you understand the topic or question you’ve been assigned.
Step 2. Research information relevant to your topic and take detailed notes. For an essay test, take a minute before you begin and brainstorm on the subject. When doing research, rely on authoritative sources, like books and magazines, as opposed to blogs or wikis.
Step 3. Start where you want the reader of your essay to end up. Make this your thesis sentence – the idea you want the reader to walk away with.
Step 4. Outline the essay to develop at least two or three arguments supporting your thesis sentence.Do additional research if needed.
Step 5. Introduce your topic and state your thesis. Then craft a paragraph for each of your arguments in favor of that thesis.
Step 6. Summarize your arguments in the concluding paragraph without being redundant. Then, on the final page, list your research sources in a bibliography. Step away from the essay for a day and come back with fresh eyes. Make any necessary revisions to strengthen it.
Step 7. Don’t worry if the essay didn’t come out as well as you’d hoped. The more you work at it, the easier it’ll be.
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