Composition Handbook English Department San Marino High School 2011-2012 Compiled by Dr. Nancy S. Beagle Aided by C. Keeton and K. JohnsComposition Handbook English Department San Marino High School 2011-2012 Compiled by Dr. Nancy S. Beagle Aided by C. Keeton and K. Johns
Before you write an essay, you have to plan it. At Smhs, most English teachers will have you do some brainstorming and ask you to do “Planning Notes” in preparation for writing an essay
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From paragraph to essayFrom paragraph to essay
We have learnt how to plan, organize and write a various models of paragraphs so far. We will learn how to write academic essays by using our knowledge about paragraphs
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Essay writing can be fun discursive essayEssay writing can be fun discursive essay
A discursive essay is a piece of formal essay writing which presupposes following some rules
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Lecture 10: The Short Essay What is a short essay?Lecture 10: The Short Essay What is a short essay?
A short essay, also called a theme or a composition, refers to a variety of nonfiction prose of varying length or purpose, whose common aim is usually to express a writer’s viewpoint or reasoned opinion on a topic
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Argumentative Essay Writing Persuasive EssayArgumentative Essay Writing Persuasive Essay
Presents multiple sides of the argument, but it is clear which is the author’s side
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The Illustrative Essay: Exposing the Examples What is an Illustrative Essay?The Illustrative Essay: Exposing the Examples What is an Illustrative Essay?
Hypothetical examples are acceptable if you can’t think of an observation; however, use hypothetical examples only
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Grade 8 Final Social and la assignment Essay TopicGrade 8 Final Social and la assignment Essay Topic
Each of these units have a common theme of examining a time in history and learning how the worldview of each of these cultural groups was effected by events and contact with other cultures
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The Philosophy of the Argumentative/Persuasive EssayThe Philosophy of the Argumentative/Persuasive Essay
Therefore, you must decide upon a topic that is not so broad that your argument becomes lost in the haze of background information
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Macbeth Multi-Genre Paper ProjectMacbeth Multi-Genre Paper Project
You will create a multi-genre paper based on your reading and discussion of the play, Macbeth. Your paper will be a collection consisting of a variety of different types of writing
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Comparison-contrast essays: organizationComparison-contrast essays: organization
As you read the model essay, notice which paragraphs discuss differences and which paragraphs discuss similarities between school systems in Europe and the United States
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Steps for Writing an EssaySteps for Writing an Essay
Pre-Writing Gathering material, doing your thinking, pulling your research together
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Chapter 8: Summary, Paraphrase, and Response in Reading an EssayChapter 8: Summary, Paraphrase, and Response in Reading an Essay
Michiko Kakutani, Pulitzer Prize winning book critic for The New York Times – master of the Summary-Response
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Introduction What is an outline ?Introduction What is an outline ?
An outline saves time for writers. Preparing an outline can take time, but when you are finished
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Unit 3 Essay OrganizationUnit 3 Essay Organization
In this unit, you will use your knowledge about paragraphs to learn how to write essays. As you will see, the structure of a paragraph is very similar to the structure of an essay
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The desert tortoise is a land-loving reptile that has lived in the Arizona desert for thousands of yearsThe desert tortoise is a land-loving reptile that has lived in the Arizona desert for thousands of years
This is the introductory sentence. It tells the reader what the essay is about and builds interest in the topic. The middle of the paragraph gives a few more items of information that would be interesting about the topic
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