Use the Jane Schaffer format to write five (5) paragraph essays. Remember, the following word counts are minimums. Your essay should be structured like this:
Introduction ¶-40 words
Minimum 380 words ody ¶ #1-100 words
Body ¶ #2-100 words
Body ¶ #3-100 words
Concluding ¶-40 words
Introduction: Your introduction must include the title and author of the book as well as the subject you will be writing on. Your introduction must have a thesis statement. A thesis statement presents your argument to the reader, it tells the reader what the paper will be about. Very simply, a thesis is a fact + an opinion. Your thesis should be the very last sentence in your introductory paragraph.
Fact + Opinion = Thesis
FOR EXAMPLE: Willows High School’s colors are purple and gold. (Fact)
Those colors suck. (Opinion)
Thesis: Willows High School’s colors, purple and gold, suck.
Body Paragraphs: Your body paragraphs will have the following components:
TS= Topic Sentence = First sentence of a body paragraph = fact + opinion, it’s like another thesis for that ¶
The key idea is that for each CD (Factual Statement) you need to explain it with at least 2 CMs (Commentaries or Opinions). But the ratio or the key thing really is that you always “say” or “explain” more than you “state.” 1CD : 2+CMs. You can start these sentences with ‘This means that…” and “This also means that…” to begin with you so you get your main ideas down. You can always change the wording later.
You can have more than two CM sentences for each CD. Important: all of your CDs and CMs must support your topic sentence for that paragraph, as well as the thesis for your essay.
Concluding Paragraph: Your concluding paragraph should sum up the main points of your essay and restate your thesis. No new information should be introduced and it should be entirely commentary.