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In Study Unit 2 we looked at how to generate ideas for your writing and how to organise those ideas into coherent paragraphs. In Study Unit 3 we'll focus on writing the draft essay. Have a look at the picture uploaded under Additional Resources called "Organising Essays" for a useful guideline on how to plan your essay. Before you start writing, it's important to decide on a writing strategy and to know who your target audience is. The Study Guide highlights two types of strategies: 1. Expository writing Focus on explaining an idea (a specific topic) Include a thesis statement that presents the central topic (and your elaboration on the topic) Explain the idea in an objective (not influenced by personal feelings or opinions) and systematic manner Rely on authoritative information from reliable sources Purpose is to inform the reader 2. Argumentative writing Present your viewpoint on the topic Purpose is to persuade the reader Subjective (based on or influenced by personal feelings or opinions) Support your claim with information from reliable sources For the purposes of this module (and your studies in general), your target audience will be your lecturers and examiners. Your writing needs to indicate that you can read and understand the text they provide and that you are able to understand and critically evaluate the content, as well as develop your ideas around the text logically and convey the information clearly. This includes adhering to the requirements of the question, such as word length or key verbs (explain, define, list, etc). So this finally brings us to the topic of Section 2 - Writing the Introduction . Some very helpful guidelines to writing a good introduction are provided on p34 of the Study Guide. In short, an introductory paragraph is a summary of what you want to achieve with your essay. You propose a thesis statement, summarise what you expect the body to contain and refer to the rubric of the question. Of course, in longer essays you might need more than just one paragraph to serve as an introduction. Example: The article identifies a “tacit racial hierarchy” in the animated film, Rio 2, which replicates patterns in racial stereotyping throughout movie history. Based on the examples given in the film, discuss what is meant by this and why this invokes the author’s criticism. How would you write the introduction to an essay based on this question? Take a few minutes to write your own short paragraph before looking at my attempt below. I find it helpful to rephrase the question into sentences that explain what I'm supposed to do - it helps me to focus on the task at hand while at the same time introducing the topic and the method by which I will be answering the question.
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