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Last reply by: Professor Gonzaga
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:19 PM

Post by Tuesday Watkins on March 27, 2016

Can you describe a "descriptive essay" consist of?

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Post by Sergey glavan on March 31, 2014

Best professor on Educator.

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Post by Khanh Nguyen on November 19, 2013

Mr. Gonzaga you make it seem so easy and I agree.

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Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:51 PM

Post by carlos bara on September 28, 2013

Hello professor. I'm currently writing an exploratory essay for my college English class, in which I was asked to summarize 4 different point of views brought upon the authors. Can you give a suggestion to follow in order to make this summary clear and well written? I know what I have to do, however, I get caught up in detail and have to stop writing.

Please help

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Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:19 AM

Post by Chudamuni Dahal on September 9, 2013

you're the best teacher ever. Helped me a lot with my college writing! Thank you. And by the way, you are way better than a typical college professor.

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Mon Jul 1, 2013 5:23 PM

Post by Malayna Canfield on July 1, 2013

In my English 1 class I was told that every thesis must say "because", but I was told this while writing an essay containing a character and setting analysis. I wasn't arguing anything or trying to prove anything. Do you know why I would be taught this and not the different types of theses?

Brainstorming, Topics & Thesis

  • Brainstorming and the Right Brain
  • Bubble maps
  • Five Paragraph Essay
  • Importance of a Thesis
  • Descriptive Thesis vs Opinion Thesis
  • General rules for a Thesis

Brainstorming, Topics & Thesis

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Basic Structure of an Essay 0:26
    • Introduction Paragraph
    • Body Paragraphs
    • Closing Paragraph
    • Clear Thesis and Topic
  • Topic and a Thesis 1:58
    • Topic
    • Thesis
  • Steps to a Thesis 2:54
  • Brainstorming 3:18
    • The Blank Page / Example
    • Example: Whales
  • The Exploded Ideas 5:42
  • Pick a Topic, Ask Question 6:12
    • Which Questions to Answer
  • Example of the 'What' 7:50
  • Rules for a Thesis 8:21
    • Example
    • Shorter
  • Opinion/ Argument Thesis 9:59
    • Example
    • Interrogative Questions
    • What and Why Questions
    • How Questions
    • Example of Decent Thesis
  • Assignment 13:33