The following is an example of piece of writing by a beginner that follows the five
paragraph essay outline, including a hook and thesis. This particular essay is a
response to a character in a play.
Can you believe that there was a time wh
What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis statement is what presents your opinion on a subject or matter that
you are writing about. It sums up what your paper will be about.
Facts About Thesis Statements
It must be something that is debatab
Part of the sentence that has a subject and a verb.
Each clause must have a subject and a verb.
Each sentence must have an independent clause (complete thought that can
Ex. Joey likes burritos.
Dependent clauses cannot stand al
Four Purposes of Writing
a. When you are writing to define, you writing a paper that defines or gives
meaning to a certain concept or idea, or even word.
b. Sample Prompt: In your ow
What is Dialogue?
Dialogue is conversation that occurs between people. When we write, we
punctuate dialogue differently so that readers know when it is occurring.
Where Do I Begin?
First of all, dialogue must always begin with quotat
Over the years Ive noticed that students frequently make errors in the
following categories. Use this checklist to eliminate serious errors in your final
drafts. Ive included some tips and examples to help you in this third stage of
How to Start Writing
Prewriting is going to be anything we do before we start drafting a paper.
o Thinking maps
o Word association
o Any other examples?
Why do we pre-write?
Types of Hooks
A hook is a sentence written in the introduction of an essay that draws ones
attention and encourages that person to continue reading.
Nearly 1/3 of the population of Europe was killed by the plague.
It was the middl
Homophones & Easily Confused Words
Homophones are words that sound alike but are different in spelling,
meaning or origin.
Writers often confuse and misuse these words. Its helpful to use a dictionary
to look up the meaning of the word in ques
Multiple Paragraph Essay Outline
Introduction (40+ words) (3-5 sentences)
Hook- Question, personal story, quote, definition, statement on topic,
Bridge- Connects the hook to the thesis. Gives additional
information. Must p