FSA Writes

Flashcard maker : Jason Westley
introduction paragraph
A hook, link, and thesis statement/claim
thesis statement
the last sentence in your introduction that states what your essay is about
elaborate
explaining WHY the evidence matters
hook
The first sentence or question in an essay to grab the reader’s attention
topic sentence
The sentence at the beginning of a paragraph that tells the point of the whole paragraph. It has to match support your thesis statement.
transition words
words that connect ideas together such as to start, to begin with, in conclusion, also, finally
figurative language
when you use similes, hyperbole or a metaphor in your essay to prove your point
conclusion
restate (using different words) the thesis statement and then say deep things about the writing prompt and what people can learn from the texts
writing prompt
this tells you what to write about in your essay. Watch for key words like Why, How, In what ways
definition
an elaboration strategy where you define a word that someone needs to know to understand your essay or writing
compare
an elaboration strategy where you show how things are similar or different in your essay or writing
contrast
an elaboration strategy where you say how things are different in your essay or writing
for instance
this is a transition word that means for example
complex sentence
this is when you write a sentence with commas, transition words and big vocabulary.
text or passage
any kind of writing should be called this.
quotation marks, or these \” \”
you should these around titles when you quote or copy from a text
1st body paragraph
this is the 1st paragraph after the introduction paragraph and it tells you the first thing that you are going to talk about in your essay
2nd body paragraph
this is the 2nd paragraph after the introduction paragraph and the 1st body paragraph and it tells you the second thing that you are going to talk about in your essay
3rd body paragraph
this is the 3rd paragraph after the introduction paragraph and the 1st and 2nd body paragraph and it tells you the third thing that you are going to talk about in your essay
counterclaim
when you disagree with the claim or argument and say why it’s wrong
claim
the \”thesis statement\” of an argumentative essay in which you state which side of the argument you are writing about.
rebuttal
(Yeah, but) Your answer to the counterclaim. It explains why your reasons are stronger than the other side.
driving sentence (\”Write…\”)
this is how we can create our controlling idea/claim for our essay.
factual
The type of evidence that uses facts to support a point/controlling idea/claim.
anecdotal
The type of evidence that uses a short narrative (story) or experience to support a point/controlling idea/claim.
paraphrase
when the author of an essay restates information in their own words.
final thought
the last statement the author can make to reach out to the reader about the essay topic.
argumentative
the type of essay in which you argue one side of an argument over another.
informative / expository
the type of essay in which you inform the reader of a topic, or explain something.
CUCCC
the strategy used to dissect the writing prompt to get a better understanding of the task.

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