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Brick by Brick: Write Hard

  • The One Paragraph Essay

In the beginning…

  • In the beginning…

…there was the complete sentence

  • …was the complete sentence

Elements of a Complete Sentence:

  • Starts with a capital
  • Subject
  • Verb (complete predicate)

Subject and Verb Should Agree

  • I’m the subject!
  • And I’m the verb!

Elements of a Complete Sentence:

  • Starts with a capital
  • Subject
  • Verb (complete predicate)
  • Agree in number
  • . (! ?)
  • Complete sentence =
  • Complete thought

(Independent clause)

Kinds of Complete Sentences:

  • Simple: I drive a bus. My wife is a lawyer.
  • Compound: I drive a bus, but my wife is a lawyer.
  • Compound sentences are thus made up of two linked thoughts or two linked independent clauses.
  • This is done through the use of a comma and a coordinating conjunction (one of the FANBOYS).
  • You can also use a semicolon: I drive a bus; my wife is a lawyer.
  • Incomplete sentences are known as fragments.

Building Blocks:

  • Complete sentence. Complete sentence. Complete sentence. Complete sentence. Complete sentence.
  • Thus, you have a paragraph.
  • A paragraph = A series of complete thoughts that add up to
  • One idea

The One Paragraph Essay First Element: I. Topic Sentence

  • A topic sentence:
  • a) Is what you are going to talk about
  • b) Is specific
  • c) Takes a supportable position
  • d) Is NOT simply a statement of fact, it is something you have to explain.
  • Turn to p. 32 in TPW Ex. A

One Paragraph Essay Second Element: II. The Subtopic Sentence

  • A) Subtopic sentence:
  • Is a specific supporting idea for your topic sentence.
  • Usually answers a ‘W’ question:
  • Who? What? Where? When? Why?

The Subtopic Sentence

  • Topic sentence: If you visit Yellowstone National Park, you’ll almost certainly see some big wild animals. (Can it be explained? For instance?)
  • Subtopic sentence: For example, Yellowstone is known for its bears, including the famous grizzly. (This answers: What?)

One Paragraph Essay Third Element: III. Specific Support

  • A) Specific support:
  • Relevant example or evidence that illustrates the subtopic sentence.
  • It answers the question:
  • How?

Specific Support

  • Topic sentence: If you visit Yellowstone National Park, you’ll almost certainly see some big wild animals. (Can it be explained? For instance?)
  • Subtopic sentence: For example, Yellowstone is known for its bears, including the famous grizzly. (This answers: What?)
  • Specific Support: Though they don’t hang out alongside the road as they did 40 years ago, they’re common to spot in the valleys and by the lake. (This answers: How?)

One Paragraph Essay Fourth Element: IV. The Reworded Topic Sentence

  • A) The reworded topic sentence:
  • Is the conclusion of the discussion of your topic.
  • It answers the question:
  • Why?
  • In other words:
  • Why is what you wrote about the topic important? Why are we reading this?

Reworded Topic Sentence

  • Topic sentence: If you visit Yellowstone National Park, you’ll almost certainly see some big wild animals. (Can it be explained? For instance?)
  • Subtopic sentence: For example, Yellowstone is known for its bears, including the famous grizzly. (This answers: What?)
  • Specific Support: Though they don’t hang out alongside the road as they did 40 years ago, they’re common to spot in the valleys and by the lake. (This answers: How?)
  • Reworded Topic Sentence: So if you visit Yellowstone and keep your eyes open, you’ll get one of the great thrills of your life. (Why was this important?)

The One Paragraph Essay:

  • Topic sentence. Subtopic sentence, specific support. Subtopic sentence, specific support. Subtopic sentence, specific support. Reworded topic sentence.
  • This lets us transition to

Your One Paragraph Essay

  • Assignment:
  • Using your notes, and the relevant chapters in TPW (1, 3, 7, 8) write a one paragraph essay on one of the essay topics (1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9) located on my website: see blogroll, “Writing Topics.” DO NOT use outside sources.
  • It must be typed in MLA format. You should have a title (skip one space under you MLA header and then center). “Assignment” is not a title. IMPORTANT: Under the date on your header, write “Topic # X” (whatever essay number you’ve chosen).
  • You need to have a topic sentence, 3 subtopic sentences, 3 items of specific support, and a reworded topic sentence
  • Consult 1 para essay rubric under “1 Para Essay” on my website
  • It should be around 200 - 250 words (around 2/3 of a page but no more than one full page)
  • Examples of 1 para essays are on pp. 405 – 412 of TPW
  • Use the outline sheet provided – staple to back of 1st draft
  • PROOFREAD: Use spell check! Make sure your sentences are complete! DO NOT USE “YOU”!



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