v4b 08-02 Writing essay arguments

- Writing arguments
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Items in this lesson

- Writing arguments

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The monster

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Literature essay
structure: body paragraphs and your arguments

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- your topic
- your points

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Example of an essay on the Maze runner

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How the Maze runner relates to real life
The Maze runner is a novel about a dystopian society because the inhabitants are there against their own will. They were placed in the maze by the creators, who survey them constantly. There are things outside the walls waiting to hurt them, and eventually they try to escape. WICKED has total control over Thomas and his friends. When trying to escape they see that the world  has been destroyed and is now totally controlled by WICKED.  The Maze runner is an example of a totalitarian society and definitely relates to real life.

First of all, the lives of all the inhabitants in the maze are controlled by the government.
 Give examples from the novel (WICKED). Give an example of a real life controlling government (i.e. Russia, China, etc.)

Second of all, the Maze runner shows how  Thomas and his friends are not allowed to have an individual life
Give examples from the novel (the Maze - they cannot escape; they need each other to escape, have to sacrifice individuals; even when they fall in love, they have to go with the group etc.)

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How the Maze runner relates to real life
Last but not least,, the Maze Runner shows what the world looks like after a deadly disease.
Give examples from the novel and give examples from real life

In conclusion we can say that the Maze runner is about a dystopian society but definetely relates to real life. 
Repeat the 3 points (one sentence per point) and finish with one-two sentences how the Maze runner illustrates what could happen to today's world.

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Essay writing

  • Use an essay lay-out: intro/3 paragraphs = body /conclusion (= 5 paragraphs)
  • Use formal language (not: gonna, wanna, way too much, etc)
  • Avoid the personal pronouns I/you/we
  • Use linking words (also, moreover, even though, nonetheless etc.)
  • Use examples from the novel

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"In Frankenstein, the monster is the villain"

In groups, discuss arguments and examples from the book to argue in favor or against this idea.  Write these down

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