Essay Structure Worksheet Period 5

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Essay Structure Outline
“The Big 10”
INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH:


Hook – quickly grab your reader’s attention



Background – give background information and transition into your claim



Thesis Statement – a 1-2 sentence summary of your main claim

BODY PARAGRAPHS →

You will need multiple Body Paragraphs!



Topic Sentence – a sub-claim that previews the paragraph



Context – provide context and information about your evidence



Evidence – include relevant evidence that proves your claim



Commentary – explain AND analyze why your evidence matters



Concluding Sentence – wrap up the paragraph & transition to the next one

CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH:


Restated Thesis – remind your reader of your main claim



Critical Insight or a Call-to-Action – leave your reader with “So What?”

Directions for Essay #1
● Read through this essay and match each part to the structure in the left column

Essay Structure
INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH:



Hook – quickly grab your reader’s attention



Background – give background information and transition into your claim



Thesis Statement – a 1-2 sentence summary of your main claim

BODY PARAGRAPHS → You will need multiple Body Paragraphs!


Topic Sentence – a sub-claim that previews the paragraph



Context – provide context and information about your evidence ●

Evidence – include relevant evidence that proves your claim



Commentary – explain AND analyze why your evidence matters ●

Concluding Sentence – wrap up the paragraph & transition to the next one

CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH:


Restated Thesis – remind your reader of your main claim



Critical Insight or a
Call-to-Action – leave your reader with “So What?”

Done? Now, take Survey #1

Example Essay #1 (on theme in TKAM)

Human beings tend to make assumptions about others based on the criteria such as a person’s clothing or skin. However, people rarely realize that these assumptions can lead to violence and strife. In other words, prejudice ruins and sometimes even destroys society; it causes people to lose all compassion and understanding for their fellow human beings. People often fail to examine a situation from a different viewpoint because their opinions are biased, and the result is the failure to judge others accurately. In To Kill a Mockingbird,
Harper Lee shows readers how prejudice causes people to believe in rumours and view the beliefs of others as unacceptable.
As a form of prejudice, rumours can harm the individual who is being targeted because due to the fact that they consist of lies, they can easily lead others to make incorrect observations about the individual in question; in To Kill a Mockingbird,
Boo Radley is the prime example of an individual who has suffered from this form of prejudice. As young children, Jem and Scout Finch are led to believe that Boo
Radley is a horrifying bogeyman. Unfortunately, their opinion of him has been influenced by the widespread accepted beliefs of Maycomb. A few examples of these beliefs are, “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people’s azaleas froze, it was because he had breathed on them” (10). In reality, none of these rumours hold any truth whatsoever. In fact, Arthur (Boo) Radley isn’t only a victim of prejudice; his own insane family held him prisoner for years. Despite his traumatizing experiences, through his actions in the book, readers learn that Boo is actually a very good person. In fact,
Harper Lee compares him to a mockingbird throughout the story because of his efforts to help Jem and Scout. Eventually, Arthur even saves Jem and Scout when
Bob Ewell attempts to murder both of them. In the final consideration, Boo
Radley’s situation proves rumours to be an extremely harmful form of prejudice.
In addition to rumors, when it comes to another person’s beliefs, prejudice is often rampant, as Atticus Finch and his children are exposed to during Tom Robinson’s trial. Instead of succumbing to the hatred and bias…