Essay Terms

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Essay
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A piece of writing that gives your thoughts a subject.
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Introduction
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The first paragraph in an essay. It includes the thesis at the end.
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Body Paragraph
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A middle paragraph in an essay.
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Conclusion
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The last paragraph in your essay.
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Thesis
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A sentence with a subject and opinion. This is the last sentence in your introduction.
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Pre-writing
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The process of getting your concrete details down on paper.
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Concrete Details
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Specific details that form the backbone of your body paragraph. Synonyms are facts, examples, support of evidence.
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Commentary
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Your opinion or comment about something. NOT concrete detail. Synonyms are opinion, insight, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, explication
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Topic Sentences
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The first sentence in a body paragraph.
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Concluding Sentences
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The last sentence in a body paragraph. It is all commentary.
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Shaping the Essay
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The step that is done after pre-writing and before the first draft of an essay.
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First Draft
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The first version of your essay.
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Final Draft
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The final version of your essay.
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Peer Response
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Written responses to a partner’s paper.
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Chunk
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One sentence of concrete detail and two sentences of commentary.
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Weaving
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Blending concrete detail with commentary in a body paragraph.
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Ratio
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The ratio of 1 part concrete detail to 2 parts commentary.
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Word Counts
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The minimum length per paragraph to earn a \”C\”.

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