Sunday, March 22, 2009

Otto here. Sorry about the delay, I was really busy last week. From now on, I will try to post every Saturday or Sunday.

Okay, so now you are on the second paragraph. This is the first of 3-5 body paragraphs. It should either set the scene for the reader or introduce your first point.

Jeanne and her family are nine people among the thousands of Japanese-Americans that were interned in 1942 under Order 9066, which allowed the War Department to “define military areas in the western states and exclude from them anyone who might threaten the war effort.”(pg. 11) Her father is taken first, and sent to be interrogated at Fort Lincoln. Shortly after, the whole family is taken to Manzanar.

In this case, I used this paragraph to set the scene, telling the reader about the situation that Jeanne and all of the other Japanese-Americans were put in, thus leading into my answering of the prompt because I am showing what started the journey that helped her find her identity. Think of it as a house. You cannot start building until you have laid the foundation, and you can think of this paragraph as the foundation of the essay.

One of the most important things to remember in the body paragraphs is that you need to have some sort of proof, be it quotes or otherwise, to prove your point. If this is not done, your essay will fall apart.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just one more thing. Please, no plagiarism. You could get in trouble, I could get in trouble, and no one will be happy. This applies to all of my posted work. With that in mind, Enjoy my posts!

Thank you,
This is an example of a introduction paragraph that I did for an essay a few months ago. The book was Farewell to Manzanar.

In the book Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston goes through several emotional and spiritual journeys that lead her to her identity. There is also a forced physical journey, but it is the reason for the journey and the things that happen along the way that help Jeanne learn about herself.

The prompt for this was:

What does this literary work reveal about one or more characters’ quest for identity, in terms of the type of journey or journeys, physical and spiritual/emotional (external and internal) they go on and what they learn about themselves and others along the way.

In this first paragraph I address several key ideas described in the prompt. I say what book it is in, and who I will be writing about from that book. I say what kinds of journeys she undertakes, and specify which journey it was that I believed helped her learn about herself. Often, this is the hardest part of the essay to write, and because of that, I often write my body paragraphs, then go back and write this based off of them.

Bottom line: This paragraph should tell the reader what you will be talking about and what you are going to say.

Writing for school. We all have to do it. None of us like it. But it has to be done. And I am here to help. With this blog, I hope to ease the burden on people who have to write for school. I'm going to start by going step-by-step through the process of making an essay.