Tutor profile: Kathryn P.
What does a typical five paragraph essay outline include? Explain each piece. Why does creating an outline help when writing an essay?
A typical five paragraph essay should include: an introduction paragraph with a thesis statement, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The introduction paragraph should include a gripping topic sentence (what is this essay about?), references (for example: if writing a comparison essay about two novels, the introduction should include the titles, authors, and years of publication of both novels) and a thesis statement (what are the main points of information you will be proving in this essay?). The three body paragraphs should be separated by topic - each paragraph proves a different point you laid out in your thesis statement. The conclusion should concisely sum up the three body paragraphs, and rephrasing the thesis statement as proof of completing the task of the essay. Creating an outline before writing an essay helps keep track of the points we aim to prove, and ensures that each idea is organized, flows nicely, and written in a way that makes sense to the reader.
Subject: Study Skills
What is a thesis statement, where can it usually be found, and why does locating it help us study efficiently? How might you use an index card as a study material while locating thesis statements?
A thesis statement is usually a sentence, sometimes longer, that states the intent, theme, and content of an essay, section in a book, or other piece of writing. It is usually found at the end of an introduction. Finding the thesis statement first is an efficient way to study because it tells us what the "big picture" of the writing is, which will help narrow down which information in the writing is important to remember, or extra detail. You can use index cards as a study material for thesis statements by writing the full statement on one side, and writing shorter bullet points in your own words on the other side to make easy notes on what information to look for. If you're reading a book or studying a section with multiple theses, you can make multiple index cards to remember the main points of information for the piece as a whole (this can especially be helpful if you need to write an essay after your reading!)
Subject: Gender Studies
Which French philosopher wrote "The Second Sex" - a collection of essays considering the societal and interpersonal differences in lived experiences between men and women? What style of philosophy is exercised in the book - can you elaborate on why this style is used in regard to gender?
Simone DeBeauvoir wrote "The Second Sex". She uses epistomology - a style of philosophy that explores the theory of knowledge. Epistomology is a philosophical practice that identifies knowledge, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion. It is a useful practice when studying gender because in order to understand how and why gender affects our lives, we must consider what we know about gender, what it means, and how that knowledge plays out in the world.
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