Check-List Plan for Writing a Multi-Paragraph Theme:
and restricting a writing subject
2. Stating a main idea or thesis
3. Surveying probable sources
4. Outlining major developmental divisions
5. Selecting developmental materials
6. Expanding developmental divisions into subdivisions
7. Expanding the outline into first draft
8. Revising the first draft into final working copy
9. Revising the final working
10. Proofreading the final copy
Basic Requirements for a Thesis Statement
1. It states
the essay's subject - the topic that you are discussing.
2. It reflects the essay's purpose - either to give your readers information or to persuade
your readers to agree with you.
3. It includes a focus - your assertion that conveys your point of view.
4. It uses specific language - vague words are avoided.
5. It may briefly state the major subdivisions of the essay's topic.
Writing Process - Grouping Ideas
when every sentence directly relates to the main idea of the paragraph.
Coherence occurs when sentences in a paragraph are smoothly and logically connected to
transitions: words or expressions used
to develop coherence, they also show
chronological sequence (then, next, after that); cause and effect (as a result,
therefore); addition (first, second, and, furthermore); comparison (similarly); and
contrast (but, however, still, nevertheless).
Development - when a
paragraph contains the examples, facts, and discussions readers
need to understand its main idea.