ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Turning Topics into Threes
May 3, 2001
Often, when we write an essay test, we need to take a topic and make
it work in a three paragraph standard structure. Tonight, I've selected
a typical topic (from Regents'
Testing Program) to work on together.
A Typical Essay Topic
How has the automobile been harmful to our society? Explain.
Dividing in Three
Using heuristics (who, what, when, where, why) The answers to
the classic journalist questions can help us to understand our topic.
Example questions: Where is the harm caused? Why do we harm
ourselves with automobiles? When is the harm caused? What causes the
We will "brainstorm" for a few minutes to look for more
Finally, we will look for three good paragraph ideas from our work
How can we choose the best ideas? How can we be sure we have enough
to say for each body paragraph? The answers to these questions will be
discussed in tonight's class.
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