As we work on writing your first extended response, many of you will need to use pre-planning techniques to write an effective essay. Simply sitting down and cranking the essay out without a plan is not a good idea – a few minutes of planning can make a world of different in your writing!

In class we have covered two different ways you can plan your essay – with an outline format, or with a bubble map ‘Monster’ format. In each of these you need to clearly answer the prompt your have chosen to work on, including a minimum of two reasons that support your answer and additional details to support your reasons.

The prompts are as follows:

1st Block Prompts:
1. How does Ch’iu Chin express her revolutionary beliefs in her poem through imagery and tone?
2. How does Ch’iu Chin use foot binding to symbolize China’s changing values in the poem?
3. In Sanyo’s poem, how does the imagery and tone reflect the real life events of the 1830 Kyoto Earthquake?
4th Block Prompts:
1. How does Ch’iu Chin express her beliefs in her poem?
2. What does foot binding symbolize in Ch’iu Chin’s poem?
3. In Sanyo’s poem, how does the imagery show how real life was effected by the earthquake?\

 

See the image below for an example of the Monster bubble map covered in class today, should you decide to plan this way:

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To complete an outline plan you will need to follow the format below for your prompt:

A – Introduction

1. Attention grabber/Hook

2. General information about your topic (from your reliable sources)

3. Thesis statement.

B. – Reason #1 that supports your thesis.

1. Topic sentence.

2. Evidence from the poem that supports your reason, with a detailed explaination.

3. Evidence from your research that supports your reason, with a detailed explaination.

*Repeat this step as many times as you need to depending on the # of reasons you have.

D -Conclusion

1. Restate the thesis.

2. Summarize your main reasons.

3. Concluding sentence.