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Explanatory Essay

Steps to writing your essay:
1. Revisiting the article, your annotations, and your notes to make a list of the specific elements
(minimum of two or three) of Turkle’s argument you wish to consider in your essay. You may want
to address anecdotes, interviews, allusions, figurative language, or diction, for example).
2. Writing a Thesis: A thesis is usually one or two sentences that appear near the end of an introduction
and act as a roadmap for the rest of the essay. In the case of your essay, it will act as a roadmap that
provides the reader with a way to navigate or understand Turkle’s argument through a specific lens.
Your thesis should go beyond a vague assertion and instead make a clear, convincing claim. One
example of a thesis may be:
3. Writing an introduction: An introduction generally includes three parts (ANT): (A) attention getter;
(N) necessary information such as the author, title, genre, situation, or context; and (T) a thesis.
4. Composing Body Paragraphs and Incorporating Quotations:
The body paragraphs (minimum of two to three) should each focus on a separate persuasive strategy
of Turkle’s and its intended effect on the reader. For example, if you’ve named three strategies in
your thesis, each strategy should get its own body paragraph.
a. Embed direct quotations from Turkle’s article into each body paragraph:
Remember to sandwich each quotation between your own points. Each quotation should be
introduced, stated, and then analyzed. List some quotations (three to four) you plan to use
here along with your reasons for choosing them.
b. Tips on quoting from a text:
5. Writing a conclusion:
The conclusion should echo the ideas introduced earlier without repeating them directly.
Also, the conclusion should answer the question, “So what?” It’s a chance to comment on the
significance of Turkle’s argument and how she crafted it.
You might consider the question What does the text want readers to believe, feel, or do, and how
successfully does it accomplish this purpose?
6. REVIEWing!!