A Typical Essay Topic
How has the automobile been harmful to our society? Explain.
Dividing in Threes
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 ideas.
Finally, we will look for three good paragraph ideas from our
work above and, if we have time, write a full body paragraph
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 class.
See Teacher Writing Sample and
Student Notes for this topic.