english2 - Basics for the 8 or 11 Sentence Paragraph You...

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Basics for the 8 or 11 Sentence Paragraph You need to know the following terms 1. Thesis Statement (TS) – a statement having a subject and an opinion. The possibility of disagreement is always present. Possible synonyms include argument, claim, assertion or main idea. The thesis must be proved by reasons, not by emotions, in order to be proved valid. The thesis statement is the first statement (sometimes called a topic sentence) in a mini – essay, and usually the fourth statement in the introductory paragraph of the multi-paragraph essays. Example: In the fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs,” the third pig is very wise. 2. Concrete Detail (CD) – facts and examples that support the thesis or topic sentence. They include direct quotations from and summaries or paraphrases of literary texts. These must be documented unless they are in the public domain or are common knowledge. They are another author’s thoughts and words, not the student essayist’s. Example: Remembering his mother’s warning about a wolf, he “builds his house out of sturdy brick.” 3. Commentary (CM) – the student essayist’s opinions and insights, not concrete detail. Other synonyms
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1310 taught by Professor Griffin during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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