Monday, 4 June 2012

Five Paragraph Essay Choices

1. Expository Essay- Know – retell, recall

Expository essays are simply essays that explain something with facts, as opposed to opinion. Expository essays are often written in response to a prompt that asks the writer to expose or explain a specific topic.

Example:   Explain the forces that oppose your main character- how are these
                           forces connected to the theme of the novel study.
                  or ....Look at recurring symbols in your novel. What is their purpose?
                  or.....explore another theme of your novel

Tools: Quote Integration , evidence from the text, literary devices, themes

2. Narrative /Imaginative Essay- Feel- create,relate

The imaginative essay is a creative non-fiction essay that investigates the author's feelings or reactions to a novel. As a rule, teachers asks students to complete an imaginative essay in order to be aware of their creativity. Usually, imaginative essays start with a hypothetical situation and ask you how you would respond to it.

Example: Imagine a different turn of events in your story. How would the ending change?

Narrative tells a story in a sequence of events. There should be some point, lesson, or idea gleaned from this narrative to make the essay meaningful. It is an essay that relates an experience that taught the writer something or that had an important effect on the writer.

Example: Have you learned some valuable lessons about life? Explain.

Tools: Five Senses, imagery, atmosphere, mood of the piece, Description to paint a vivid picture, active verbs

3. Compare/ Contrast- Think- analyze , classify & find patterns

Compare/Contrast highlight the similarities between two or more similar objects while contrasting highlights the differences between two or more objects.

Example:     Compare the protagonist in your novel to another in literature or history. 
                 or.... compare the novel study theme to another theme in your book
                          ie. compare horror to possibility of  redemption  

Tools: T-Chart, Venn Diagrams, point-by-point comparison or block comparison,
            citation,  quotes integration

Please see me with a possible topic or thesis, and choice of essay before you start writing!

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