How to write 3 paragraph essay responses
Before you read:
Take note of the title, the author's name and look to see if there is any biographical information on the author. Have you heard of this author before? You might want to Google him/her. Go on the internet to look over the periodical (publication) that the article came from. What do you already know about the subject, the publication or the website it came from? I recommend that you print out a hard copy of the reading. That way, you can write on the document if you have comments about the material, questions or just want to make sure that you "get" what the author is saying. While you read:
Put question marks by anything you don't understand or want clarified. Also, circle words that are new to you (you can use them in your SEEI part of the assignment). Take notes of key words, phrases and any information that might be new to you and worthy of a quick Google search. As you read, you should also try to make connections to other things you have read or even in your own life experiences. After you read:
Write your first paragraph- a summary of the article. First, you will write the "name of the article", the author, and the publication it comes from. Then you will write a sentence that contains the main idea of the article and 3 to 5 supporting details. This paragraph should only be about 5-6 sentences (not lines) long enough to communicate your point. This is a summary so I do NOT want to see the words "I" or "me". This paragraph is not about you. The second paragraph will contain a quote that jumps off the page at you- or what you think is the most important passage in the reading. Rewrite this in your paragraph, and put "quotes around it" along with the paragraph you found the quote. Then you will tell me why you think that this passage is meaningful to you. The third and final paragraph is a metacognitive response. Metacognition means being aware of how and why you think, feel and act the way you do. It is a self check on your learning. To think metacognitively you need to stop and think about what you are aware of. You will answer the following 3 questions in this part of your essay. 1.What did I think of the article?- was it interesting,
funny, sad, boring, easy, hard, was the subject new to you? 2 How did I feel while reading the article? Did it make me mad? Did it make me sad? Was it something I never thought about before? Did it make my head explode? How did I feel while reading? 3 What reading strategies did I use to get through the assignment? Did I stay focused- if so, what did you do to keep your focus? Did my mind wander and what did I do to bring it back? The essay is to be in MLA format and typed and double spaced, with an original title.
Checklist for 3 paragraph responses
______Underline name of publication
______Quotes around name of the article
______First paragraph contains main idea and 3-5 supporting details ______Second paragraph contains quote (put quotation marks around it) and paragraph number it is in. _____What did I think of the article in paragraph 3
_____How did the essay make me feel in paragraph 3
_____What reading strategies did I use to get through the assignment in paragraph 3 _____use spell check and grammar check
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MLA stands for Modern Language Association, an organization of teachers and scholars formed over a century ago whose goal was facilitate the inclusion of modern languages in academia. Completing an assignment in MLA format is one of the simplest ways to make a good first impression and requires nothing more than a few simple rules.
First of all, always use a normal, 12 point font. Times New Roman, which I'm using here, is a safe bet, as is Arial or Garamond, throughout your paper. This is what Garamond looks like. This is what Arial looks like. (If your paper font doesn't look like these three styles, it is not formatted correctly.) Use the same font and size consistently throughout your paper- no big fonts for titles, no bold words for emphasis (or titles) and no fancy fonts for fun or to be cute. Underlines should only be used for titles of certain works, like books and movie titles. (Quotation marks should be used for titles of smaller works, such as articles, poems, song titles, and short stories.) The rules may vary depending on the work in question, so consult your instructor for any other concerns.
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Double space everything. Margins should be one inch all the way around the paper (go to "File" then "Page Setup"). Keep in mind not to add extra lines before or after a title or between paragraphs.
In addition, remember to set a header, which is your last name and the page number on the top right hand corner of each and every page. There are plenty of other aspects to MLA format (such as use of numbers, quotes and citations) which we will discuss in the coming weeks.
Please note: titles of smaller works like magazine/newspaper articles, songs, poems, etc are in "quotation marks". Longer works, like a book, newspaper, magazine or CD are underlined or italicized, but not both. Choose one and stick with it.
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