Organizing Writing Ideas Practice Exercises (page 2)
Read the following study guide for a concept review:
Read each excerpt and decide whether it belongs in an informative essay (I), narrative essay (N), or persuasive essay (P). Write the letter of your answer on the blank line.
- When the Bridgeville skating rink opened in 2005, my mother signed me up for ice skating lessons. My first instructor, Lauren, was a former professional skater, and she had won awards in national competitions.
- The Bridgeville skating rink has been a major success. Nearly every night, there is an event at the rink. Wednesdays are reserved for lessons, the high school ice hockey team practices on Thursdays, Friday nights are open to teenagers only, and Saturdays are crowded with families.
- The Bridgeville skating rink was the site of my first kiss. Cleveland Hunter had taken me to get ice cream, even though it was freezing in January! My best friend, Sallie, came too, because my mother wouldn't let me go alone.
- Bridgeville's skating rink is a dangerous place that needs more police monitoring. Bullies and gangs hang out there, making it scary for other kids who want to skate.
Read the pairs of statements below, and circle the best thesis statement in each pair.
- It is in the best interest of students to have open-campus during lunch.
- Students deserve to have open-campus during lunch.
- The new math curriculum has been used in six classrooms this year.
- The new math curriculum has helped students to succeed on state tests.
- Mrs. Sprout is the best teacher at Rigby Junior High.
- Mrs. Sprout is the best teacher at Rigby Junior High because she is fair, fun, and creative.
An essay has been outlined for you. Use the ideas from the outline to write a conclusion paragraph on the lines below.
Thesis: The library offers more opportunities to learn than just books.
Thesis: The library offers more opportunities to learn than just book
Detail 1: It offers films, records, and movies.
Detail 2: It hosts concerts and lectures.
Detail 3: Librarians can make recommendations and help you find special resources.
- N. This essay would likely tell the story of the writer's early experiences with skating lessons. The first-person perspective tells you that it will be a personal narrative story.
- I. The first sentence asserts that the skating rink has been "a major success." The next sentences try to prove this with information and details. The third-person point of view and the lack of a strong opinion or suggested action tell you that it must be an informative essay.
- N. The use of first-person point of view is your first clue to narrative perspective. This narrative will tell the story of the writer's first kiss.
- P. In this excerpt the writer presents a strong opinion and suggests a course of action that should be taken to resolve a problem.
- a. This statement makes a clear assertion that the writer will be able to prove in the rest of the essay. The supporting details will show how open-campus during lunch is "in the best interest of students." Choice b, on the other hand, uses the phrase "students deserve." This phrase represents a stronger opinion, and it will be harder to argue with rational reasons.
- b. This statement is the best thesis because it makes an assertion. Choice a is a fact, so it doesn't leave anything for the essay to prove.
- b. The second option makes a better thesis because it includes specific reasons behind the assertion. The rest of the essay would likely explain how the writer knows that Mrs. Sprout is "fair, fun, and creative," and why these three qualities qualify her as the best teacher. Choice a is an opinion that is too simplistic to be provable.
Answers will vary, but here is one possible conclusion.
The library offers many learning opportunities that are often overlooked. Besides books, there are audiovisual resources such as films, records, and movies. Lectures and concerts allow visitors to meet authors and experts. Professional librarians are also an important learning resource because they know how to locate useful information quickly. The next time you have a free afternoon, consider spending it at the library. You'll be sure to find something there to interest you.
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