June2007 Newsletter


 

WORKSHOP: "Essay Organization "

presented by Elizabeth Craig

Elizabeth Craig:

 

Is originally from Savannah, Georgia, has a master's degree in Applied Linguistics, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Second Language Acquisition.  She spent 10 months during 2006-2007 teaching both in-service and pre-service English teachers at the Instituto Superior de Lenguas and the Instituto Superior de Educacion as an English Language Fellow for the US Department of State.  While in Asuncion, Elizabeth also presented several workshops on teaching academic reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation at the CCPA, at The Anglo School for APIP, and at Stael Ruffinelli's English Institute.  Her many new friends and colleagues in Asuncion will surely be missed, and she hopes to return someday if only to sample the uniquely Paraguayan hospitality and, of course, the yerba mate.

 

ESSAY ORGANIZATION

An outline for an essay looks like this:

ESSAY OUTLINE

                            i.                        THESIS    STATEMENT

                       ii.                        TOPIC  SENTENCE   

A.    Main supporting sentence

1.   Supporting detail

2.   Supportir'g detail

 B.    Main supporting sentence

1.   Supporting detail

2.   Supporting detall

3.   Suppor'ting detail

C.   Main supporting sentence

Supporting detail    (Concluding sentence)

                  iii.                        TOPIC  SENTENCE

A.    Main supporting sentence

Supporting detail

B,    Main supporting sentence

1.   Supporting detail

2.  Supporting detail

C.   Main supporting sentence

Supporting detail    (Concluding sentence)

                    iv.                        TOPIC  SENTENCE

A.    Supporting detail

 B.    Supporting detail

C.    Supporting detail

D.    Supporting detail (Concluding sentence)

                         v.                        CONCLUDING SENTENCE (S)

Final Thoughts

Notice these points:

1. The topic sentence of each paagraph is given a Roman numeral (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Vil, VIH, IX, X, etc.).

2.    Each main supporting sentence is given a capital letter (A, B, C, D, E, etc.). If there  are no main supporting sentences but only supporting details, then they are given capital letters as in IV of the preceding essay outlme.

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