Stage

Defining / Clarifying Terms and Generating Ideas

  1. Defining / Clarifying of Key Words in the essay question
  2. Generating / Brainstorming ideas

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Sorting & Organising for Relevance

  1. Assess relevance of points which you have brainstormed vis a vis the question.
  2. Eliminate irrelevant points and group relevant ones under “For” and “Against”

Stage

Broadening Scope

  1. Examine the points which you have jotted
  2. Ask “Are there other perspectives which I may want to consider the issue? Are there points which I might have left out?”

Stage

Deepening Thought

  1. Carefully consider the points of argument which you have jotted down.
  2. Ask “Do I need to qualify some of the points? Do I need to further explain and illustrate using examples?”

Stage

Stand & Balance

  1. Now, consider to what extent you agree with the given statement
  2. Write down your stand in the thesis statement

Stage

Stand & Balance

  1. The Introductory Paragraph has three parts:
    • Grabber – begin in an interesting manner that grabs the readers’ attention
    • Transition Statement – brings the discussion back to the issue at hand
    • Thesis Statement – sums up your stand and the main points of arguments to give shape and direction to your essay.
  2. Begin the subsequent “Body” paragraphs each with a topic sentence. (A topic sentence tells in a nut shell what the paragraph is about)
  3. Conclude the essay using one or more of the following ways:
    • Give a final thought
    • Ask a thought-provoking question