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The Paragraph vs. the Essay

Hello, writers,
 
You will understand the structure of the essay better if you first review the structure of the hamburger paragraph. The following documents will help:
 
 
Paragraph - Essay (PDF — 85 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Try the following: Compose a hamburger paragraph about the biggest change you experienced in 2011. Include three supporting ideas and add an elaborate detail for each of your ideas. 
 
Now grow your paragraph into a 5-paragraph essay by writing about three changes you experienced in 2011. You should end up with:
 
1- An introductory paragraph with a hook or lead plus a thesis statement that lists the three changes you will discuss in the essay.
 
2- Three body paragraphs, each presenting and explaining one change.
 
3- A concluding paragraph with a restatement of the thesis statement and a final thought or reflection.
 
Next time we will examine exemplars of both of these.
 
Talk to you soon,
 
Write Cook
 
P.S. What is your favorite hearty, home-made soup to eat on a cold winter's day? I have several favorites: lentil soup, split-pea soup, rice with chicken soup, and tuber vegetable soup. Would you care to share a family recipe?
 

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