The Literary Essay Essay Essay writing is an
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The Literary Essay
Essay • Essay writing is an important skill that you need for both the work and academic world, depending on your career goal. • Types of essay include: – Literary – Expository – Research
What You Will Learn • In this class, you will learn: – The model of an essay – Functions of different parts of an essay – The characteristics of a thesis statement – How to write an effective thesis statement – How to formulate a blueprint using parallel structure – How to incorporate methods to link between paragraphs in an essay
Essay Model I. Introduction Motivator Linking Sentences Thesis statement Blueprints (Literary Essay) II. Body Paragraph #1 - First blueprint Main Ideas Supporting Details Conclusion (optional) III. Body Paragraph #2 - Second blueprint Main Ideas Supporting Details Conclusion (optional) IV. Body Paragraph #3 - Third blueprint Main Ideas Supporting Details Conclusion (optional) V. Conclusion Transition, statement reflecting back on thesis Restate key points Ending statement that provokes thought (optional)
Thesis Statement • A thesis statement is the controlling idea of an essay • It must include, at minimum: – Subject – Attitude • Some thesis statements can include blueprints.
Thesis Statement Development • When developing a strong thesis statement, keep these things in mind: – Clearly define your opinion about the subject – Assert one main idea only – Ensure that it is limited enough to fit into the assignment – Clearly state your thesis in specific terms – Clearly locate your thesis statement – usually goes in the first paragraph
Thesis Statement Do’s and Don’ts • Don’t make it an announcement: – Eg. This essay will be about gun control in Canada and its effects on murder rates. • Don’t clutter your thesis with expressions like ‘In my opinion’, or ‘I believe’ • Don’t be unreasonable or use unreasonable language: – Eg. Gun control laws in Canada are being promoted by harsh, left-wing radical liberals who have no concern for the security of people.
Thesis Statement Do’s and Don’ts • Don’t express your thesis in the form of a question • Don’t merely state a fact: – Eg. Gun control laws in Canada are controversial • Don’t state something that is self evident: – Eg. Guns in Canada can be dangerous.