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This lesson contains 18 slides, with interactive quizzes and text slides.

time-iconLesson duration is: 15 min

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Slide 1 - Mind map

- Prepares the reader for the essay to follow. 
- Adds relevance of the subject. 
- Explains how the topic has been misunderstood. 

Slide 2 - Slide

- Positions the author in the critical debate (without literally saying "my position is...").
- Gives reader essential or contextual information. 
- Shows why the essay is worth reading

Slide 3 - Slide

Introduction - DO's
- Create interest in your topic.
- Give sufficient information to understand your essay.
- End with thesis statement.
- Use linking words and phrases to move smoothly from general to specific ("as a result of these issues"; "this essay argues").

Slide 4 - Slide

Introduction - DON'Ts
- Begin by being too specific
- Provide unnecessary information
- Announce what you will say ("in the next paragraph I will discuss..."; "my position is...")

Slide 5 - Slide

Introduction - Structure
Introduce subject
Narrow it down
State the essay's overall position (thesis statement)

Slide 6 - Slide



Slide 7 - Slide

Thesis Statement
- Is a statement, not a question.
- Can be debated.
- Is worded in a concise way.
- Has 3 specific, distinct reasons to support the position.
- Is the blueprint of your essay.

Slide 8 - Slide

Thesis Statement
One sentence summary of your essay, 
which includes:

the main point + 
reasons (supportive points)

Slide 9 - Slide

Thesis Statement - Example
High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
the main point
reasons (supportive points)

Slide 10 - Slide


Slide 11 - Mind map

- Summarizes the essay and reinforces points. 
- Underscores the logic of the author's position.
- Reminds the reader of the weakness of opposing arguments.

Slide 12 - Slide

- Leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
- Call to action.
- Suggestion for further research.

Slide 13 - Slide

Conclusion - DO's
- Restate your claim more fully than in the introduction.
- Include information the reader has learned since the beginning.
- Give the reader a "take-away message".

Slide 14 - Slide

Conclusion - DON'Ts
- Simply rephrase your introduction.
- Introduce new arguments or evidence.
- Undermine your credibility.

Slide 15 - Slide

Conclusion - Structure
Restate the main argument
Summarize the key points
Make a broader concluding statement


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Slide 17 - Slide

Slide 18 - Slide