What not to do



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How to Start an Essay

  • Get out 1 new piece of paper to jot down some notes. Title them:
  • How to Start an Essay

What NOT to do:

  • DON’T start with a question!
  • DON’T start with a sound!
  • DON’T say “I’m going to tell you about…”
  • DON’T start by repeating the prompt!
  • DON’T talk to the reader!

Start your essay 1 of 2 ways:

  • Peak
  • 2 2. Picture

*Most exciting part of the story

  • *Most exciting part of the story
  • (mountain peak = climax!)
  • Jump your reader into the middle of a story and leave them at the climax wanting more!

Prompt: Convince your principal that we should keep sports, even with limited funds.

  • Student Example:
  • My heart raced as I shot the ball and it danced on the rim, teasing me with the possibility of a point. Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. The buzzer went off and with a swoosh the ball fell in. Victory. Victory by one point. This wouldn’t be possible if basketball was taken away.

Paints a picture in the reader’s mind through sensory images (see, hear, smell, taste, touch)

  • Paints a picture in the reader’s mind through sensory images (see, hear, smell, taste, touch)

Prompt: Convince your principal that we should keep field trips, even with limited funds.

  • Student Example:
  • Adrenaline is snaking through my bloodstream, almost like I drank four Monster energy drinks. I can’t sit here tearing at my patience any longer. Metal bars twist over us as we are getting ready to take off on the ride of our lives. I stared down at the 30-story track that we’d soon drop down at 200 miles per hour. Band class had paid off this time. Our end-of-the-year field trip would be one that I would not soon forget.

Acknowledgements

  • Thank you to Mrs. Pepe at LJPS for allowing access to this PowerPoint.
  • Some of the original frames were deleted by Mrs. Dewrell.


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