Tutor profile: Erica W.
How do you write a body paragraph?
First, start with a topic sentence. It should tell readers what the paragraph is about. Next, incorporate an example. This could be a direct quote from the text or a paraphrased section. Then explain the example. This should be the largest portion of the paragraph in which you close read the example and analyze it. Finally, include a statement about the significance of the paragraph. You should connect it back to the essay's main argument. This is meant to be a guide and provides some structure. It can be modified as needed based on the specific essay or topic.
What is foreshadowing and why is it used?
Foreshadowing is when an author gives hints about upcoming events in the story. It is used to create suspense for readers and to give the story direction without spoiling anything.
When do you use colons and semicolons?
Most commonly you will use a colon to introduce a list and you will use a semicolon to link two independent clauses. Ex: For this cake, I need: eggs, butter, sugar, and flour. Ex: Some people like to bake sweet desserts; others prefer to cook savory dishes.
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