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Essay Writing Lesson

Example Writing Situation: I agree with Abraham

Step 1: Think about the strongest belief you have.

Lincoln when he said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Think about how you will state the purpose or thesis, explain the situation, show organization, and offer persuasive evidence to validate arguments and conclusions as needed. Directions for Writing: Now write an essay describing your belief, offering three ideas as to why you feel this way, and support your suggestions with experiences from your own life or others.

Step 2: State the purpose.


Think about 3 reasons as to why you believe the way you do.

Step 3: Prepare the graphic


organizer.

Now fold your paper into 4 squares.

Step 4: Complete the graphic organizer.


Unfold the paper and draw a box in the center. In the center box write a sentence to convey your stand.

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I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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Summarize works and deeds. I would aim at your 3 My life would not unselfishness. be focused on material reasons. possessions. Through this
lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

happy.

Write 3 details Example: I would be happy if I served about this others through works reason. and deeds.
Career Choices Family Obligations

Example: A truly happy Step 3: Complete the graphic life Write one that is would be3 details organizer. this unselfish. about

Dedication of time

reason

Contribute Listening ear

Friends I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,


Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Mine

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Write 3 details about this Give Me reason.


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To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Summarize your 3 reasons.

Step 3: Complete the graphic Elaborate organizer. on one detail. Career Choices ELABORATE
Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds.

Family Obligations
Friends
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Habitat for Humanity Step 3: Complete the graphic Congress can is an organizer. outstanding help or hinder way to contribute to families trying to others happiness, raise their and your own. children
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions.

Elaborate on one Give Me Minedetail.


Donations

Americans have a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

ELABORATE

Step 5: Add transitions.


For example,
Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations Friends such as teaching, brings happiness
watching that spark as learning take place. The choice one makes in a career,

Moreover,
Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish.
Habitat for Humanity is an Dedication of time outstanding way to contribute to others happiness, and your own.

Contribute

Listening ear

A list of transition words is online!

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

For these reasons,

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


For example,I would be Example:
happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations Friends such as teaching, brings happiness
watching that spark as learning take place. The choice one makes in a career,

Example: A truly happy Moreover, life would be one that is unselfish.


Habitat for Humanity is an Dedication of time outstanding way to contribute to others happiness, and your own.

Contribute

Listening ear

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

For these reasons,

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Each square will become a paragraph.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper. The introductory paragraph (the center box) sums up each reason.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. I find happiness by serving others through works and deeds. Only an unselfish person can find happiness. The happy person is not concerned with material possessions only, but the happiness of others.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper. Begin the introductory paragraph with a hook. Samples of hooks can be found online.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Do you want to know the secret of true happiness? I find happiness by serving others through works and deeds. Only an unselfish person can find happiness. The happy person is not concerned with material possessions only, but the happiness of others.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


For example,I would be Example:
happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations Friends such as teaching, brings happiness
watching that spark as learning take place. The choice one makes in a career,

Example: A truly happy Moreover, life would be one that is unselfish.


Habitat for Humanity is an Dedication of time outstanding way to contribute to others happiness, and your own.

Contribute

Listening ear

Next Paragraph
For these reasons,

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Step 5: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


Next Paragraph
For example, I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. This would affect my career choices. The choice one makes in a career, such as teaching, brings happiness watching that spark as learning take place. A dedication to my family by fulfilling my obligations would also bring long term happiness. A person who lives a happy life is also dedicated and faithful to friends, who enrich their existence.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


For example,I would be Example:
happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations Friends such as teaching, brings happiness
watching that spark as learning take place. The choice one makes in a career,

Example: A truly Moreover, happy life would be one that is unselfish.


Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to Dedication of time others happiness, and your own.

Contribute Listening ear

Next Paragraph
For these reasons,

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


Next Paragraph
Moreover, a truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. This would require a dedication of time to people and issues that face our world today. A happy life involves contributing. Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others happiness, and your own. Most importantly, a happy person is always willing to provide a sincere listening ear.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


For example,I would be Example:
happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations
The choice one makes in a career, Friends such as teaching, brings happiness watching that spark as learning take place.

Example: A truly Moreover, happy life would be one that is unselfish.


Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to Dedication of time others happiness, and your own.

Contribute Listening ear

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

For these reasons,

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Next Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


Next Paragraph
In the same way, to have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. We are living in a Give Me time with everyone looking for that one material possession that will bring lasting happiness. Television commercials promote the mine concept. Through donations to worthy causes we can find a path to a happy life. Americans have a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


For example,I would be Example:
happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations
The choice one makes in a career, Friends such as teaching, brings happiness watching that spark as learning take place.

Example: A truly Moreover, happy life would be one that is unselfish.


Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to Dedication of time others happiness, and your own.

Contribute Listening ear

In the same I agree with Abraham Lincoln way, who said, Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine
Americans have Donations a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.

For these reasons,

To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.

Summary Paragraph

Step 6: From the graphic organizer to the paper.


Summary Paragraph
For these reasons, to live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused only on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness. The old saying is correct, Happiness always comes from within.

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Step 7: Vocabulary
Review your paragraphs. Can you add adjectives (describing words) and interesting adverbs (describing action words)?

ADJECTIVES

ADVERBS

Step 7: Vocabulary
BEFORE:
Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others happiness, and your own.

AFTER:
Habitat for Humanity is a powerful way to contribute to others happiness, and your own.

Step 7: Vocabulary
BEFORE: A happy life involves contributing.

AFTER: A happy life entails contributing.

Step 7: Vocabulary
Remember: The more sophisticated vocabulary you usethe higher your score.

bad

dreadful

Step 8: Visual Expression


Use metaphors and similes to give your essay more visual expression.

Television Television commercials promote commercials the minethe promote concept making us as greedy mine concept.
as a pig.

Step 9: Reread Your Work


Reread your work to make sure you have:
Stated the topic

Given your reasons in the introductory paragraph


Have paragraphs that support each reason

Elaborate on a reason in each paragraph


Have a summary paragraph that restates your reasons Begin each paragraph with a transition word Include adjectives, adverbs, similes, and metaphors