Expository Essay Writing Tips Part 2

Week One, Day 2 continued

ANSWERS for Subject Predicate Review

_subject                          1. Writing is so much fun!

_predicate                     2. It is fun because you can explore many ideas.

_predicate                     3. Free-writing is one way to get your ideas out on paper.

_subject                          4. Of course, a wise student also needs to learn how to write essays.

_subject                          5. This is because the wise student will want to attend college where essays are required.

_subject                          6. Or it could be because the wise student knows that he/she will need to write for their career.

_predicate                     7. Either way, one can see why writing is important.

Week One, Day 2 continued

Paragraph Checklist

This is for a 5 sentence paragraph (5 sentences is the absolute minimum for any stand-alone, body paragraph). We will use this as our “standard” paragraph.

           Sentence #1: Topic Sentence

           Sentence #2: First detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #3: Second detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #4: Third detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #5: Conclusion (re-statement of the topic.)

Some students have learned how to write a more advanced 3.8 paragraph. A 3.8 paragraph is one where a writer develops 3 “points” in 8 sentences. The checklist for a 3.8 paragraph is:

  • Paragraph Checklist

           Sentence #1: Topic Sentence

           Sentence #2:  First detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #3:  Another sentence with more information about the first detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #4:  Second detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #5:  Another sentence with more information about the second detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #6:  Third detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #7:  Another sentence with more information about the third detail/reason/explanation – connected to the topic

           Sentence #8: Conclusion (re-statement of the topic.)

Week One, Day 2 continued

Revising your paragraph

  1. Check – Do you have all the necessary parts? (fill in the blanks using the information from your )

Week One, Day 3

Complete Sentences Review

You recently reviewed subjects and predicates and remembered that you must have both to have a complete sentence. Did you know that if you have too many that you now have a run-on and not a complete sentence? Or if you are missing a subject or predicate, you have a fragment? This is important to consider when writing sentences for any piece of work.

  1. What is the definition of a run-on?
  2. What is the definition of a fragment?
  3. Now please get online and go to : http://www.quia.com/rr/543123.html You will practice telling the difference between complete sentences, fragments and run-ons.

Now what do you do when you carefully examine your writing or someone else’s writing and find a sentence that needs attention? You use proofreading marks!

 

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