As it was discussed in class, the last sentence of the introduction is called the THESIS STATEMENT. And it is the backbone to your essay. Watch the two videos to revise HOW to write a THESIS STATEMENT.
Take down NOTES to be used to write or re-write your thesis statement.
Paste them onto your own e-portfolio.
Add the videos (optional)
Tips for Writing Thesis Statements
1.Determine what kind of paper you are writing:
An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence.
The claim could be
a policy proposal
a cause-and-effect statement
The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided. If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
DEADLINE: 3rd week in September (TOGETHER with essay)
How to write a LITERARY ESSAY, At teacher training college students are asked to write literary essays. We analised a sample some weeks ago. If you want to know more on writing strategies, click HERE. Perhaps, you need some more information or you'd rather read a sample, click HERE. (BONUS: go HERE for more information and writing checklists)
All the girls love Alice by Elton John
They dance alone by Sting
Where the streets have no names by U2.
An Englishman in NY by Sting LOOK UP THE LYRICS IN THE WEB if necessary. PORTFOLIO: Watch these videos and listen to the lyrics of each song. Read the NOTES below, if necessary, look up extra information
Write a LITERARY ESSAY (5 to 7 pragraphs) based on the topic: BELONGING (to an ethnic group OR political/sexual/religious minority, other groups/minorities). You should use AT LEAST the lyrics of three of the songs/videos above. Include a good title, a cover, index (if necessary), sources (correctly quoted).
Font: 12 Times New Roman or Arial
Pragraphs: indented, 1st line.
UPLOAD your 1st version to your portfolio and HAND IN paper version
DEADLINE: 3rd week in September.
All the girls like Alice This is a look into the gay lifestyle of England through the eyes and lyrics of Bernie Taupin, Elton's songwriting partner. He made up the tragic story of a young lesbian who died in the streets.
They dance alone: Sting wrote this after he saw a brief news story about women dancing in the streets of Chile torn apart by the Pinochet regime. The women were dancing in the streets with pictures of their husbands, fathers, brothers or sons pinned to their clothes or they were holding the pictures and dancing with them.
An Englishman in NY. Sting wrote this song about famed gay author Quentin Crisp and his experiences as an outcast. Crisp moved from London to New York in 1986, and Sting spent several days with the author. (thanks, John - Levittown, NY)
Where the streets have no names In 1985, Bono visited Ethiopia after performing at Live Aid. Many people assumed this song was about that trip, since the streets there really don't have names, just numbers. The song is actually about Ireland. In Ireland (and Northern Ireland), the many cities are divided: rich/poor, Catholic/Protestant, etc. By knowing which street a person lives on you can tell their religion, wealth and beliefs - it's where the streets have no name.
Create your own study notes: make a SUMMARY that includes EVERY SINGLE key point.
Include NEW SAMPLE PARAGRAPHS (in English, ONE could be in Spanish) and analyse them. (Acknowledge sources). The sample paragraphs should be part of ACADEMIC PAPERS. Should there be a HYBRID sample paragraph, highlight and justify it in your analysis.
PORTFOLIO ENTRY # 6 1- Draw a bulleted list with the most important items discussed in the video. CITE THE SOURCES (video) and embed it in your e-portfolio. ( REMEMBER to activave the HTML code, before pasting the EMBED CODE)
2- Check these topic sentences. Visit the site from the University of Ottawa. Paste the paragraphs (at least 3) and the correspondig TOPIC SENTENCES. 3- "EXAMPLES of Topic sentences and how to write them": HERE DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 9th stella
PORTFOLIO ENTRY # 5. Pick up the book Discourse and Context in Language Teaching. Divide the class into 4 groups. Take ONE chapter and prepare an oral presentation with a slide show (Power Point). Upload your presentation to your portfolio with Slideshare. Remember to include a COVER (Name of college, subject, teacher, members of the group) a BODY of SLIDES, BLIBLIOGRAPHY (appropriately cited ), new examples, QUOTATION MARKS for quotes and aknowledgement for pictures. Correction criteria:
cohesion in oral presentation,
cohesion in slide share,
completion of task (see above),
quality and clear presentation,
choice of NEW examples,
interaction within your group and with your audience,
accuracy and fluency of language,
handouts with tasks (for your audience),
(last but not least) creativity!
BOOK: Celce-Murcia, M. & Olshtain, E. (2000): Discourse and Context in Language Teaching. A Guide for Language Teachers. Chapters 6, 7, 8 &; 9. U.K.: CUP. Slideshare available HERE.You have to login DEADLINE: SOON! stella :-)
PORTFOLIO ENTRY # 4. Pick up the book The Study of Language. Take chapters 10 & 11, create an ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT with Google Drive- FORMS. Upload your form to your portfolio. Remember to include BLIBLIOGRAPHY (appropriately cited ). BOOK: Yule, G (2016). The Study of Language. Chapters 10 & 11 . U.K.: CUP.
There are several ways to cite a source (MLA, Turabian, Chicago). Here you have APA Citation Style
Author(s). (Date). Title of Book/ "Title of Article"/ Title of Periodical/ Volume. Pages. Place of Publication. Publisher.
Journal or Magazine Article
Wilcox, R. V. (1991). "Shifting roles and synthetic women in Star Trek: The Next Generation". Studies in Popular Culture, 13(2), 53-65.
Journal or Magazine Article
Dubeck, L. (1990). "Science fiction aids science teaching." Physics Teacher, 28, 316-318.
Di Rado, A. (1995, March 15). "Trekking through college: Classes explore modern society using the world of Star Trek." Los Angeles Times, p. A3.
Article from an Internet Database
Mershon, D. H. (1998, November-December). "Star Trek on the brain: Alien minds, human minds." American Scientist, 86, 585. Retrieved July 29, 1999, from Expanded Academic ASAP database.
BookOkuda, M., & Okuda, D. (1993). Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future. New York: Book Pocket Books
Article or ChapterJames, N. E. (1988). "Two sides of paradise: The Eden myth according to Kirk and Spock." In D. Palumbo (Ed.), Spectrum of the fantastic (pp. 219-223). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Encyclopedia ArticleSturgeon, T. (1995). Science fiction. In The encyclopedia Americana (Vol. 24, pp. 390-392). Danbury, CT: Grolier.
WebsiteLynch, T. (1996). DS9 trials and tribble-ations review. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from Psi Phi: Bradley's Science Fiction Club Web site: http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/psiphi/DS9/ep/ 503r.html
Arrange the items on your reference list alphabetically by author, interfiling books, articles, etc.
Use only the initials of the authors' first (and middle) names.
If no author is given, start with the title and then the date.
If you are using a typewriter that cannot produce italics, then use underlining instead.
Magazine articles: include the month (and day) as shown under Newspapers.
Websites: if the date the page was created is not given, use (n.d.).