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Essay Building. From Brainstorming to Developing Support. Concepts guiding this activity. Most college writing requires students to present their ideas as “essays” These essays are “arguments” that develop an idea or interpretation logically

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Essay building

Essay Building

From Brainstorming to Developing Support

Concepts guiding this activity
Concepts guiding this activity

  • Most college writing requires students to present their ideas as “essays”

  • These essays are “arguments” that develop an idea or interpretation logically

  • These essays also develop that idea with sufficient support to convince the reader or at least defend their idea as reasonable and plausible

  • How can we help students both structure their essay logically and develop sufficient support?

The critical essay
The “Critical Essay”

  • What are the characteristics of the “critical essay?”

  • What are the general characteristics of the academic essay?

    Guide on Critical Essay


  • How much support?

  • What kind?

  • How do you structure it?

    Guide on Development

Essay building activity using a thea prompt
Essay Building Activity: using a THEA prompt developed essay

  • Murray’s Writing Process--sequence

    • Planning for design

    • Collecting

    • Develop

  • Writing Guides

    • Orienting Yourself Toward and Essay Topic

    • Brainstorming for Reasons

    • Strategies for Developing Support

      • Development Outline

      • Example Critical Essay

      • Detail of Secondary Support

The importance of coherence
The Importance of Coherence developed essay

  • Transition sentences that signal the main logical flow of an essay

  • Transitions that keep the writer on track developing support

    Guide on Coherence

Assignment examples from a developmental english classroom
Assignment examples from a Developmental English classroom developed essay

  • Read the novel The Education of Little Tree

    • Write an essay claiming whether you liked the novel or not and supporting that claim.

    • Write a follow up research essay. Research the author and book. Write an presentation for a fictional school board meeting arguing whether the book should be banned or not.

  • Analyze an ad and argue whether it is propaganda or not—Essay Assignment


Discussion developed essay

How could you use this in your teaching context?