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ENG 3U0 Research Essay Persuasive Writing Thesis Writing Essay Outline Created by Miss Griffith (with some help from Coffin) Sept 2010. This material can also be found in Fit to Print , 7 th Edition Pages 93-98. Remind me, what is a persuasive essay…
ENG 3U0 Research Essay Persuasive Writing Thesis Writing Essay Outline Created by Miss Griffith (with some help from Coffin) Sept 2010
Remind me, what is a persuasive essay… • The persuasive essay is also sometimes called an argumentative essay (it is a step up from a supported opinion piece) • It convinces the reader your opinion it right • The subject matter is controversial • You show only 1 side of the issue • Your job is to : • Be credible • Have a wealth of support • Present solid reasoning • Create a logical argument
What’s a thesis again… All essays must include a thesis – this is what you are going to prove in your essay. It is the main idea of your essay Your thesis is like the porridge in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears – it must not be too broad, too narrow, but just right. A thesis may change depending on the type of essay you are writing. It’s one sentence that appears as the last sentence of your introductory paragraph.
One more thing to say about thesis statements… • The sample thesis statements I’ve given you are preview ones – they list what the essay will be about. Your next essay is a literary essay, where I’m going to change the rules for thesis writing a little to make it more appropriate to 3U– more about that later. • Your thesis statement should really include a ‘so what’ statement. I’m not going to directly force it for this essay, but I will for your next one. • If you want to add a ‘so what’ statement, it’s a statement that goes on the end of your thesis that tells why your topic matters. Join it to your thesis with one of these phrases: • showing that • because • leading to • so that
Now what do I do… Create a thesis statement and essay outline. Use the handout I gave you.
Creating an essay outline… • Thesis statement: • This goes first • You just learned how to do it • Subordinate points: • This is fancy language for your main points • This is NOT support • Rank them weakest to strongest and use them in this order • For this essay you need 3 • Support: • This supports your subordinate point and in turn your thesis • Comes directly from your research (no opinion and don’t make it up) • For this essay you need to find at least 4, then narrow them down to the best 3
In visual format, your essay should look like this: Thesis Supported by main points Supported by details, examples, quotes, paraphrases, etc.
It can also look like this: • Thesis: __________________________________________ • Introduction: • Subordinate Point #1 • a. This is support • b. This is support • c. This is support • d. This is support • Repeat II at least twice more, 3 times would be better. • V or VI. Conclusion
Here’s a sample (borrowed from Coffin)… • Introduction: • Start with something snappy • Thesis: Throughout comic book history, many superheroes have come and gone, but few have the impact of Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and Spiderman. • II. Superman • Is faster than a speeding bullet • Can leap tall buildings in a single bound • Is stronger than a locomotive (below is a further expansion of c) • Turned the earth’s rotation backwards • Stopped an airline from crashing • Beat up a locomotive • III. Batman • Owns the night in Gotham City • Crime is at an all-time low • Villians are all in custody • Stands up for the downtrodden in society • Relies only on his wits and his very cool bat suit
IV. Iron Man: • Made his suit out of empty tin cans • Tuna • Stewed tomatoes • Campbell’s soup • Beer • Flew from New York city to Los Angeles in 4 minutes • Apprehended the evil Kingpin • V. Spiderman: • Does whatever a spider can • Spins a web, any size • Catches thieves just like flies • Doctor Octopus • Green Goblin • Sandman • Harry Osborn • Arrives just in time
VI. Conclusion: Restate thesis: Heroes such as Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and Spider Man have stood the test of time and remain relevant and pure icons today. Get it? Now, write your own and hand it in for process marks. It’s better to over plan and then choose your best ideas, than to be lazy and only do the minimal work. Clothing analogy: If you only have 2 pairs of pants and 2 shirts, you have a total of 4 possible outfits. If you have 4 pairs of pants and 4 shirts, you have a total of 16 possible outfits – much better odds to be looking good every day.