ANY TOPICENG 121 Module 1B TranscriptTitle: Drafting the EssaySlide 1Narrator: Welcome to this presentation that will cover drafting the essay.Slide 2Slide Title: Drafting the EssaySlide Content:No contentNarrator: We have already discussed prewriting to find ideas, narrowing down a topic,writing your thesis, and finding supporting examples. Now, we are ready to start writingthe essay, so to begin, let’s focus on how to draft your essay.Slide 3Slide Title: Drafting the EssaySlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: First, think of your essay as a complete piece of writing. It must introduce theconcept, explain the concept, usually using examples, and then conclude with asummary.Slide 4Slide Title: Drafting the EssaySlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: It is not necessary to start writing an essay from the beginning and writestraight through to the conclusion. It is, however, necessary to plan the entire essaybefore you start to write. A simple outline will have an introduction with severalsupporting paragraphs followed by a conclusion, so let’s look at the 12-point essay.Slide 5Slide Title: 12-Point EssaySlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: The 12-point essay is actually a miniature outline of a five-paragraph essay,except it only has 12 sentences. Each sentence is a small part of the overall essay.There is one introductory sentence, one thesis statement, nine support paragraphsentences, and one conclusion sentence.Slide 6Slide Title: 12-Point EssaySlide Content:• Introduction• Thesis (contains “because” and three supports – A.B.C.)• First support of the thesis (states A)• First support of A• Second support of A• Second support of the thesis (states B)• First support of B• Second support of B• Third support of thesis (states C)• First support of C• Second support of C• ConclusionNarrator: As you can see, the first sentence is the introduction. The second sentence isa three-pronged thesis statement. Sentences 3 through 5 are for your first supportparagraph; sentences 6 through 8 are for your second support paragraph; andsentences 9 through 11 are for your third support paragraph. Sentence number 12 isyour conclusion. Sentences 3, 6, and 9 are your topic sentences. From this shortoutline, you can develop your entire essay because you now have a plan of attack.Slide 7Slide Title: Drafting the EssaySlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: Once you have your plan, you can start writing your essay. Some studentsstart with support paragraphs; some write the introduction and conclusion first. There isno one system. Sometimes it’s easier to write the introduction and conclusion after youhave written your support paragraphs. Regardless of how you choose to write youressay, you will accrue numerous drafts.There are several sections to your drafts: the first draft, the middle draft, and the finaldraft.Slide 8Slide Title: DraftsSlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: The purpose of the first draft is usually to get your essay on paper. Take theinformation you’ve discovered through prewriting, combine it with your outline, and put itin writing. Once you get the material on paper, you can start the writing on your middledrafts.Slide 9Slide Title: DraftsSlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: In the middle drafts, you will work on unity and coherence. You will establishyour transitions through words, phrases, repetition, and parallel structure. Sentencedevelopment and variety will be created in these drafts. By the time you have completedthe middle drafts, your essay should be almost complete.Slide 10Slide Title: DraftsSlide Content:Repeated in narrativeNarrator: The final draft consists of modifications, improvements, and proofreading.If possible, the final draft should take place at least 24 hours after the middleIf possible, the final draft should take place at least 24 hours after the middle drafts arecompleted. This way, you will look upon it with a fresh set of eyes. The final draftinvolves making changes that improve not only what your essay says, but how it says it.Proofreading is checking for grammatical mistakes, errors in spelling, typos, and othersuperficial elements.Hopefully, the information shared in this presentation will help you draft your first essay.Slide 11End of presentation
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