Write a thesis statement: Review “Writing Assertions” on page 115 in your textbook. Then
follow the guidelines on pages 126–127 in your textbook to write an effective thesis statement
based on one of the topics you listed previously.
Reflect: Explain the position you’ve taken in your thesis statement and identify the items
from your brainstorming list or categories that you believe will best support your position.
(1 paragraph, 5 sentences)
Jan. 29, 2015 – ENTRY 4: Organizing and Drafting
Required Journal Entry 4: Organizing and Drafting
Using your thesis statement and evidence from Journal Entry 3, select a method of organization from your textbook on pages 141–150. Choose one of the graphic organizers or formal outlines to organize your evidence so that it supports the position you take in your thesis statement in the most effective way possible. Include your outline in your journal.
Reflect: Explain why you chose this particular method of organization over the other possibilities. Why do you believe it’s the most effective way to present your topic to your audience? (1 paragraph, 6 sentences)
Jan. 30, 2015 – ENTRY 5: Revising
This journal entry requires you to review the rough draft of the essay that follows. As you analyze the draft according to each of the areas listed, identify what needs revision. For each area, explain why and how you would change the draft. (4 paragraphs, 5 sentences each)
Analyze the essay’s
• Purpose and audience—Can you clearly identify the audience and the purpose of the essay?
• Thesis statement, topic sentences, and paragraphs—Is there a clear thesis statement? Are
there paragraphs with topic sentences?
• Evidence—Has the author provided enough evidence to support the main idea of the essay?
• Organization—Are the author’s points organized well enough for a reader to follow easily?
Jan. 31, 2015 – ENTRY 6: Evaluation
Briefly summarize each stage of the writing process that you learned about in Unit 1 of your
Successful College Writing textbook. Identify three elements you learned that you think will be
the most helpful to you as you continue in this course. Explain why. (3 paragraphs, 6 entences each)
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