Collaborative Essays

In this class, we are going to practice speaking and writing in English, by collaborating on simple essays.

We are going to write a mini essay together. What should we write about?

Learn how to brainstorm effectively.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the essay writing process.

Our Workflow –
1.) What is our topic? (Brainstorm ideas and select the best option.)
2.) What is the take-away (main idea)?
3.) Do we want to inform or persuade?
4.) Who is our audience?
5.) What style of essay do we want to write?
– Expository: Provide accurate information based on research
– Argumentative: Support a point of view based of verifiable evidence
– Narrative: Tell a compelling story
– Descriptive: Create a sensory experience for the reader
6.) What ideas or information do we want to use to support our main idea? (See the chart!)

Our First Draft –
Title: Why our thesis is relevant. (Do this step last.)
Introduction: Thesis statement/Two supporting ideas we will talk about
Paragraph 1: Supporting idea 1/Two or three more sentences about it
Paragraph 2: Supporting idea 2/Two or three more sentences about it
Paragraph 3: Supporting idea 3/Two or three more sentences about it
Conclusion: Thesis statement/How the two ideas support our case

Let’s look at an example of a workflow and essay.

Workflow –
1.) What is our topic? Bananas
2.) What is the take-away? Bananas are the best fruit
3.) Do we want to inform or persuade? Persuade
4.) Who is our audience? Local consumers
5.) What style of essay do we want to write?
-Expository: Provide accurate information based on research
-Argumentative: Support a point of view based of verifiable evidence economical
– Narrative: Tell a compelling story
– Descriptive: Create a sensory experience for the reader

The First Draft –
Title: Why our thesis is relevant. (Do this step last.) Bananas are the best
Introduction: Thesis statement/Two supporting ideas we will talk about Bananas are the best fruit. They are economical, and they are delicious.
Paragraph 1: Supporting idea 1/Two more sentences about it Bananas are economical. They are cheaper than a lot of other fruit. Compared with mango, bananas are very economical.
Paragraph 2: Supporting idea 2/Two more sentences about it Bananas are delicious. They are sweet. Also, they are a pretty colour.
Conclusion: Thesis statement/How the two ideas support our case As you can see, bananas are the best fruit. Not only are they inexpensive, they are pretty and yummy.

The Second Draft –
Here, we want to ask ourselves some questions, and address any problems.
1.) Does the essay achieve what we want it to?
2.) Do our supporting ideas back up our main idea?
3.) Do we flush out our supporting ideas in an effective way?
4.) Are there any points that are redundant or irrelevant?
5.) Is the flow of ideas clear? What sign posts and connectors do we need to add?
6.) Is our vocabulary and grammar correct?