Multi-paragraph essay

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essay
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a piece of writing that gives your thoughts about a subject
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introduction (introductory paragraph)
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The first paragraph in an essay. It includes the thesis, most often at the end.
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body paragraphs
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The middle paragraph in an essay. It develops a point you want to make that supports your thesis.
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concluding paragraph (conclusion)
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The last paragraph in your essay. It may sum up your ideas, reflect on what you said in your essay, say more commentary about your subject, or give a personal statement about the subject. Your __________ is all commentary and does not include concrete detail. It does not repeat key words from your paper and especially not from your thesis and introductory paragraph. It gives a finished feeling to your whole essay.
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thesis
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A sentence with a subject and opinion ( also called commentary). This comes somewhere in your introductory paragraph and most often at the end.
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ratio
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The ratio of one part concrete detail (CD) to two + parts commentary (CM)
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concrete details (CD)
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Specific details that form the backbone or core of your body paragraphs. Synonyms for concrete detail include facts, specifics, examples, descriptions, illustrations, support, proof, evidence, quotations, paraphrasing, or plot references.
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commentary (CM)
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Your opinion or comment about something; not concrete detail. Synonyms for ______ include opinion, insight, analysis, interpretation, inference, personal response, feelings, evaluation, explication, and reflection
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topic sentence
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The first sentence in a body paragraph. This must have a subject and opinion (commentary) for the paragraph. It does the same thing for a body paragraph that the thesis does for the whole essay.
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concluding sentence
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The last sentence in a body paragraph. It is all commentary, does not repeat key words, and gives a finished feeling to the paragraph.
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pre-writing
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The process of getting your concrete details down on paper before you organize your essay into paragraphs. You can use any or all of the following: bubble clusters, spider diagrams, outlines, line clustering, or columns.
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shaping the essay
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The step that is done after prewriting and before the first draft of an essay; it is an outline of your thesis, topic sentences, concrete details, and commentary ideas.
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first draft
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The first version of your essay (also called rough draft).
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final draft
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Final version of essay
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peer response
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Written responses and reactions to a partner’s paper.
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weaving
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blending concrete details and commentary in a body paragraph. You can do this after you master the format.
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word count
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Minimum length per paragraph to get a C

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