Transience Essay Sentence Starters for Moves Counterargument Essay Moves



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Transience Essay

Counterargument Essay Moves

  • Transition into thesis
  • Thesis Paragraph #1
  • Introduction to quote
  • Say #1
  • Mean#1
  • Matter#1 Paragraph #2
  • Transition from matter #1 to next paragraph
  • Introduction to quote (Moves 7 & 8 could be the same sentence)
  • Say #2
  • Mean#2
  • Matter#2 Paragraph #3
  • Transition from matter #2 to next paragraph
  • Introduce counterargument quote (Moves 12 & 13 could be the same sentence)
  • Say #3 (Counterargument)
  • Mean#3
  • Matter#3 (Introduce THE UNTOLD) Paragraph #4
  • Transition into last paragraph
  • Restatement of thesis
  • Connect thesis to original fact, scene, opinion or the rest of the world Paragraph #5

Introduction

  • Take out your introductions
  • Take out your say-mean-matter hamburger/hamburger paper
  • Take out my essay “Clocks”
  • Take out your 19 moves list (we just copied them down)
  • Take out your Transience Essay Assembly Kit

Move #1 and 2

  • Write your thesis after your transition into your thesis.
    • Example:
    • I’m lying in bed, in the dark, and all I hear is the soft traffic in the background. The cars passing sound like distant surf. My windows are black, and I can’t see. The red digits of my digital clock hasn’t changed. I lie in agony awaiting for the piercing sound of the alarm clock to haunt my sleepless night. The thought of death keeps running constantly through my head, wondering if anybody will remember me or miss me. (Move #1) This feeling of transience is the essence of being human, and the proper response to our limited time is celebration and joy. (Move #2)

MOVE #3, PARAGRAPH #2!

  • Introduce quote “move”
  • Use the following templates:
    • (WRITER) was a writer obsessed with the idea of our transience. In his (TEXT: article/Poem/speech/essay), he states, “(Quote)”.

MOVE #3, PARAGRAPH #2!

  • Introduce quote “move”
  • Use the following templates:
    • (WRITER) was a writer obsessed with the idea of our transience. In his (TEXT: Poem/speech/essay), he states, “(Quote)”.
    • Mr. Kim, an unbelievably amazing teacher working at ESAT, artistically represents this idea of transience in his essay, “Clocks.” “(Quote)”.
    • Milosz was a writer whose attitude toward our transience was beautifully represented in his poem, “Encounter”. “(Quote)”.
    • Larkin was a writer obsessed with his own death, and hi own transience, and it shows in his poem, “Aubade.” “(Quote)”

Move #4 - 6

  • (Move # 4) O my love, where are they, where are they going The flash of a hand, streak of movement, rustle of pebbles. I ask not out of sorrow, but in wonder (Milosz 1).
  • (Move # 5) In this passage, Milosz explains how two transient images of a person accompanying him on a cart ride and a hare passed quickly. (Move # 6) In other words, through the poem, he seizes time close to his chest, recalling those flitting moments of the past and holding them up to be gazed at, allowing them to become objects of beauty and wonder. The small ration of time we are given do not create “sorrow” for Milosz. In fact, Milosz uses these two brief images of transience as open displays of wonder.

Move #7 & 8

  • Transition “move” into paragraph #3
  • Use the following template:
  • Option 1: Another writer who viewed transience as ____________, was (Writer #2).
  • Option 2: Not only does (Writer#1) highlight___________,
  • (Writer #2)also emphasizes how___________.

Paragraph #3: Moves 9-11

  • Move 9 (Say): I am swept with the infinite tides of time, yet this awareness intensifies the blood pumping through my capillaries, arteries, veins, allows me to feel the cool, dry air entering my lungs. My body becomes a repository for time, and I exhale, feeling the air escape, celebrating the new breath.
  • Move 10 (Mean) Kim explains how his own transience allows him to have a hyper awareness of his own body, allowing him to feel reality with an intensity that overwhelms him, allowing beauty to enter his life. Move 11 (Matter) In this case, Kim reacts with hope and wonder to an event heavy and inevitable as death, an event that would have most people afraid. Paying attention to your own transience can have this type of power over your life.

Paragraph #4: Moves 12-13

  • Although many writers take the (optimistic/pessimistic) view of transience, there are some writers who take a (darker/positive) view, like (Writer of your counterargument quote).

Paragraph #4: Moves 12-13

  • Although many writers take the (optimistic/pessimistic) view of transience, there are some writers who take a (darker/positive) view. Philip Larkin did not celebrate the inevitable experience we all share, and in fact wrote with the burden of dread, as exemplified in his poem, “Aubade.” “But at the total emptiness for ever/ The sure extinction that we travel to/And shall be lost/ in always./ Not to be here,/ Not to be anywhere,/ And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.”
  • Mean:
  • Matter: In this case one might say(Downplay quote) ,however, if one analyzes the situation more deeply, this example is misleading because, (bring in the “unmentioned”)_.

Paragraph #4: Moves 12-13

  • (Writer #1 & 2) had deep (Describe how writer #2 felt about transience) beliefs about transience. They felt the same way I did when (Mention your scene…should be at least 2 sentences). Ultimately, transience should be responded with (terror and anxiety/wonder and curiosity), because in the end, we are all transient ((Use an image with sensory detail) like the shadow of a bird, rippling across our face 

Paragraph #5: Moves 12-13

  • (Writer #1 & 2) had deep (Describe how writer #2 felt about transience) beliefs about transience. They felt the same way I did when (Mention your scene…should be at least 2 sentences). Ultimately, transience should be responded with (terror and anxiety/wonder and curiosity), because in the end, we are all transient ((Use an image with sensory detail) like the shadow of a bird, rippling across our face 

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