The thesis sentence

What we did in class, today – Students identified the thesis sentences of essays on pp. 6, 25, 86 and 124 in Great Writing: From Great Essays to Research. We also reviewed the three requirements for an introduction: gain the reader’s attention, state the organizational pattern of the essay, and include the specific topic (the thesis) of the essay (Process essay development – introduction). We discussed the difference between a prescriptive process essay vs. a descriptive process essay. The prescriptive process essay tells you how to do something, for example, how to bake a cake. In contrast, the descriptive process essay describes how something happens, for example, how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. We will be writing a descriptive process essay.


  • Students should memorize the words in the Week 1 Vocabulary List handout before Thursday, Jan. 28.
  • Complete Readings 1, 2, 3 in MyGUST before 11:25 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Choose a topic for your descriptive process essay before you come to class on Tuesday, Jan. 26. You may want to visit the following Websites to choose a topic: Stanford University’s How Everyday Things Are Made, Hurricanes: What You Need to Know, The Beaver Lodgeand The Science of Snowflakes. Other possible topics are the process of changing from a tadpole into a frog, the respiratory process, and the process of changing from a larva to a bee.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Jan. 26 – We will write the rough draft of our descriptive process introduction. You must bring your laptop and flash memory to class because we will be doing work that will receive a mark.

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