This document contains four stimulating prompts for writing a multi-paragraph essay. These prompts can be used for an in-class assignment or be modified for take-home use.
a) read the prompt you choose carefully, letting it tell you what the structure, focus and content of the essay should be.
b) At the top of a properly-formatted MLA page, write the thesis you will use for the essay. Make sure the thesis matches the focus prompt and sets the stage for the structure of the essay.
c) now create the prewriting/outline of a multi-paragraph essay with TWO body paragraphs. You do not need to do prewriting for the introduction or conclusion of the essay, but do not forget to include them in the essay you produce. Make sure your prewriting is brief, but clearly shows what each sentence of the body paragraphs will contain. Do NOT use complete sentences for your prewriting. Your prewriting is required and should be displayed at the top the essay.
d) create a draft of essay in MLA format. Place the number of the prompt with the clever title in the proper place on the page. Make sure that your paragraphs have at least three strong examples to support your topic sentence and at least two evidence sentences for each example. Be sure that the examples and evidence in the draft are clear and vivid. Follow any instructions about quotes given in the directions or prompt.
e) revise as necessary, using guidelines distributed and discussed in class. You should not have time to rewrite a final version nor is it required.
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