Christmas Break Prove Essay

Mr. Dawursk

 

Prove Topic:  “Why a holiday break is a good / bad idea.”

 

Choose your position and then prove your case.  Write a prove statement to be used as your thesis and then develop the outline structure below.  From the outline, create an original, thought provoking essay discussing and proving your statement using logical arguments, personal examples and common sense. 

 

The diagram below is called the “keyhole” method of writing.  It shows how the introductory paragraph draws the reader into the essay by being more general; but it becomes more specific toward the end when it presents the thesis or “prove statement.’  Following the thesis, the writer adds a sentence which will state the plan he/she will use to prove the thesis.  These are your main points or “cases.”

 

The body of the essay should include at least one complete paragraph for each main point or “case” supporting your thesis.  Each paragraph should state the reason first (topic sentence for the paragraph) followed by an explanation or reasoning for your statement and an example supporting your case.  Each case should have its own paragraph.

 

 

 

The conclusion paragraph goes the opposite direction of the first paragraph.  It begins with a restatement of the thesis or proof statement and ends with a poignant story or clincher comment.  When you restate the thesis, do not  just restate the previous thesis, instead, say the same thing but more strongly and confidently.  Reformat the sentence, add a clause or elaborate a section of it.  Next, restate how you have proved your opinion.  Keep the restatement to one sentence if possible.  Finally, bring the essay to a close by adding a clincher or kicker.  This is a story, comment or analogy which gives  the reader one last emotional or rational appeal to accept your opinion.

 

Outline Format:

 

Prove statement:  Holiday break is a good/bad idea because…”

 

I.         Introductory Paragraph

A.     Intro sentence(s) used to get the attention of the reader and spark an interest to read further.

B.     State your “prove statement”.

C.    Present your plan on how you will “prove” the statement.  State your case.

 

II.       First Case / Evidence

A.     Give several sentences explaining in detail your reasoning or rational. 

B.     Give at least one example.

 

III.      Second Case / Evidence

A.     Give several sentences explaining in detail your reasoning or rational. 

B.     Give at least one example

 

IV.   Third Case / Evidence

A.     Give several sentences explaining in detail your reasoning or rational. 

B.     Give at least one example

 

V.     Conclusion Paragraph

A.     Restate your “prove statement.”

B.     Restate in one or two sentences the cases you have used to prove your statement.

C.    End the paragraph with a concluding phrase, comment or remark.  This is also called the clincher or “kicker.”

 

 

Glen Dawursk, Jr.  1/3/06