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How does a RESESEC become …. An Essay?. RESESEC. A RESESEC is just a mnemonic device for h elping you to write an answer to an OPEN RESPONSE question. -- in class this year -- in class (beginning of next year) -- on MCAS. How many paragraphs?. How many paragraphs are in an essay?.

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An essay

How does a RESESEC become …

An Essay?


Resesec

RESESEC

  • A RESESEC is just a mnemonic device for

    helping you to write an answer to an

    OPEN RESPONSE question.

    -- in class this year

    -- in class (beginning of next year)

    -- on MCAS


How many paragraphs

How many paragraphs?


How many paragraphs are in an essay

How many paragraphs are in an essay?


What do i do first

What do I do first?

  • Read the question.

  • Read the question again.

  • Make sure you know what they are asking.

  • Jot down what goes in the TAG.

    -- T = Title

    -- A = Author

    -- G = Genre


How does a resesec fit an essay

How does a RESESEC fit an essay?

  • R – Restate the question in the form of an answer.

    -- Introduce topic (hook).

    -- Give definitions or background.

    -- End with your THESIS (including key

    words from the question, TAG).

    • This should be NO SHORTER than 3 (THREE) sentences.


How does a resesec fit an essay1

How does a RESESEC fit an essay?

  • E -- After giving a TOPIC SENTENCE (baby

    THESIS – includes key words), give an

    EXAMPLE in the form of a direct quote. You may need to explain the background first. This

    quote is then correctly integrated and attributed:

    Ex. – Casy tells Tom, “You make me sick” (19).

  • S-- SUPPORT, or explain how this line

    relates (or supports) the thesis. Explain any

    and all implications of the quote and how it

    relates to the THESIS.


How does a resesec fit an essay2

How does a RESESEC fit an essay?

  • But there are 3 (THREE) body paragraphs in an essay! So you repeat the last step 3 (THREE) times using different topic sentences and different pieces of evidence (QUOTES).

  • Use TRANSITIONS (words and phrases) to link your paragraphs together smoothly. Exs.:

    Again, Next, Later, Also, Another, However, Although, Unfortunately, etc.


How does a resesec fit an essay3

How does a RESESEC fit an essay?

  • C – CONCLUSION – In a RESESEC, you only need one sentence. Now, you need at least three. Think – what have you learned

    about your main idea? Anything new?

    Does guessing at what may come next

    related to your thesis? Remember, this

    is your last chance to impress the reader!


Things to avoid like the plague

Things to Avoid Like the Plague

  • No use of personal pronouns (I, we, you, us)

    -- This is FORMAL writing; be professional

  • Incorrect grammar – PROOFREAD!

  • Lack of logic/ lack of organization.

  • Messy handwriting/ use of pencil.

  • Incorrect quote integration/attribution.

  • Misspellings, esp. of character names.


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