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Unit 11: Paragraphs in an Essay: Putting It All Together



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Unit 11: Paragraphs in an Essay: Putting It All Together

Activity 7: Working with Essay Organization
Read the following thesis statements and the corresponding outlines. Identify whether the outline is a good match for the thesis statement by clicking on the correct answer.
1. Thesis statement: Moving is often one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but there are certain steps one can take to make it easier.
Outline:

I. Introduction (paragraph 1): Use a statistic about how often people move over the course of their lifetime in America to grab the reader’s attention and then move on to the thesis statement.

II. Body (paragraph 2): Talk about some of the stresses of moving.

III. Body (paragraph 3): Planning ahead—how to pack and organize boxes.

IV. Body (paragraph 4): Planning ahead—how to deal with forwarding mail and changing your utilities to the new address.

V. Body (paragraph 5): Planning ahead—what to do to make sure the actual moving day goes smoothly.

VI. Conclusion (paragraph 6): Sum up points and restate thesis.
a. good match

b. poor match


2. Thesis statement: In order to fully enjoy a pet dog, it is important to learn how to take care of and train a dog.
Outline:

I. Introduction (paragraph 1): Talk about my dog Max and how cool he is.

II. Body (paragraph 2): Talk about my neighbor’s dog and how badly he misbehaves.

III. Body (paragraph 3): Explain how I got Max.

IV. Body (paragraph 4): Discuss animal shelters.

V. Conclusion (paragraph 5): Tell about my last dog, Rebel.


a. good match

b. poor match


3. Thesis statement: In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, much of the story is the result of mistaken identities.
Outline:

I. Introduction (paragraph 1): Use a quote from the play where one character is mistaking the identity of another character. End with thesis statement.

II. Body (paragraph 2): Explain the plot of the play. Compare it to the plot of another Shakespeare play.

III. Conclusion (paragraph 3): Sum up the play. Use a quote from the other Shakespeare play.


a. good match

b. poor match


Answer Key:

1. a. good match



2. b. poor match

3. b. poor match

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