Have you ever walked into the middle of a movie or tried to start watching a TV series halfway into the season? It can be a bit confusing. In your writing for the information technology (IT) world, you will be required to engage in various forms of communication. While it may seem cliché, every piece of writing, whether it is an email, a proposal, or a set of instructions, needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. Organizing your writing will allow your reader to follow and understand your thoughts.
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Read the following before starting this lesson:
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
Essays: Beginning, Middle, and End
The beginning of your essay is an introduction. An introduction is your first chance to hook and orient the reader and assert your argument. Your introduction can be divided into three parts.
The middle of your essay is comprised of body paragraphs to support the topic.
The end of your essay is the conclusion, the last chance to leave an impression. Your conclusion, just like your introduction, can be divided into three parts.
Restate Your Thesis
Restate but don't repeat your thesis. Look for synonyms, alternative words, and varied sentence structures to restate your thesis.
Connect Your Essay
Connect your essay to a universal concept. Think of the question, "So what?" Why should your audience care? Why does it matter?
Bring Your Hook Full-Circle
Leave your reader with a "wow." If you started with a quote, you might weave important words from your quote into the last sentence to leave a final impression. If you started with an anecdote, you might conclude with an ending to the same anecdote.
Review the reading, Essay Writing.
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Review the following samples of five-paragraph essays by visiting the Web sites below.
These resources will help you complete the activity below.
Now it is your turn to practice. Complete the following interactive practice activity.
The essay map practice activity walked you through the steps of completing an essay on your own. Good work!
Writing doesn't just happen. Writing is a process. The best writers make mistakes, and the best writers correct those mistakes by taking advantage of the steps in the writing process.
Now that you have practiced, it is time to show what you know. Complete the assignment below.