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Structure - general

on Jul 07, 2016

INTRODUCTION– Narrow Focus
TOPIC sentence.
Does it grab the reader’s attention? Does it introduce the essay? NO Details!!!
INFO/BKGD sentences.
Do they connect the topic sentence to the content? Does it give context for essay?
CONTENT
Focus narrows to more specific information
Introduce points in thesis.
Introduce the POINTS that will be explored in the body paragraphs (general overview)
THESIS statement.
Is it a compare or a contrast essay or both?
Is there a clear controlling idea? Are the 3 points clearly defined? Are they grammatically parallel?

BODY PARAGRAPHS 1, 2, 3
TOPIC sentence.
Does it grab the reader’s attention? No details!
Does it refer to the appropriate point in the thesis statement?
INFO/BKGD sentences
Do they connect the topic to the body content?
CONTENT
EVIDENCE from research to support thesis statement points.
Does the writer provide detailed information? [Who, what, when, where, why, how – appropriate to the point of the body paragraph]
TRANSITION words to shift between sources/ideas? Are they appropriate for comparing/contrasting?
BALANCE between the two ideas compared/contrasted?
Does the writer give equal support to both leaders? Does one overpower another?
CONCLUDING sentence.
Does the writer give a final thought about the point of the paragraph? Make sure it is not a paraphrase of the topic sentence or a detail

CONCLUSION Widen Focus
TOPIC Sentence.
Does it grab the reader’s attention? Is it appropriate for the conclusion of the essay? Do not paraphrase other topic sentences (intro, body paragraphs)
RE-STATED thesis
Is the re-stated thesis paraphrased? Are all the points clear?
CONTENT: [EVIDENCE] FINAL THOUGHTS on Body paragraphs 1, 2, and 3
Does the writer sum up or give FINAL THOUGHTS to Body paragraphs 1, 2, and 3?
Make sure details are not repeated. There should be no new information, only final ideas about each point. What do you want the reader to remember?
BIG IDEA / LIFE LESSON(S), or LESSON(S) LEARNED
Does the writer widen focus to bigger ideas? This should be very clear, no details from stories.This is your reaction about your topic. Think about your topic in relation to: self, family, community, country, world, future—if appropriate.

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