- Turn the paragraph writing that we've been working on into a 5-paragraph essay by adding an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Remember that:
- the thesis statement for your introduction paragraph should answer the overarching question from last week, How is English class relevant to you?
- the three reasons in your introduction paragraph must align with the order of your three body paragraphs. So, if, in your introduction, you say that English class is relevant to you because we write, read, and it's an international language, then your second paragraph should be about writing; your third paragraph should be about reading; and your fourth paragraph should be about English as an international language.
- your conclusion paragraph should summarize your points AND tell the reader your overall conclusion, e.g. My newfound understanding of the immense benefits of reading, writing, and the English language has inspired me to read and write more often, both in and out of class. (Remember, you can't take my words, but you can use this as a model.) Moreover, your conclusion paragraph can be shorter. Three to five sentences is acceptable.
- use transition words! They're your key to smooth flow and, thus, better marks. (See the post below this for a reference of tons and tons of good reference words.)
Your essay needs to be:
- double spaced,
- 12-point font, and
DUE: Monday, Jan. 20
WORTH: 40 points (10 points for an introduction paragraph; 10 points for a conclusion paragraph; 10 points for making edits your body paragraphs and correctly ordering your body paragraphs according to your introduction; and 10 points for having it printed before class on Monday)
2. The second part of your assignment this weekend is to brainstorm ideas for our magazine! Come to class on Monday with ideas about:
a. a theme,
b. a title, and
Please write down your ideas in your notebook.
3. Bring in a magazine or newspaper article that you like. We will use this article next week to analyze news writing.