How to Write a Creative Essay
This assignment will guide you through the steps of the writing process of a five paragraph essay and review common mistakes in essay writing.
PART 1: Brainstorming!
List FIVE different wishes you might want to be granted. [5pts]
Part 2: Narrowing the topic choices.
Re-read your choices and consider the top two. Circle the numbers for the two best essay topics. Write them below, then brain storm FOUR pieces of support for each one. For your wishes, you will consider why you want that wish, what you would do if it was granted, how it would help you, and how you would make the most of the opportunity. [10pts]
PART 3: Topic Selection and Thesis
Pick the best topic with the best support in Part 2. Put a STAR on that one.
Rephrase your topic into a Thesis Statement. What are you going to prove or argue in your paper?
Thesis Statement: [5pts]
PART 4: SUPPORTING YOUR THESIS or POSITION
Every statement you make in your essay needs to be explained. Here you will outline support for your thesis—write the main support and at least 4 details/ explanation for each support.
The order of ideas in an essay is important. Consider you order and number the Main Ideas in Part 4.
What order are you using? (Circle the organization type used)
Part 6: Writing
Now you may begin the rough draft of your 5 Paragraph Essay. Make sure you use the 5 Paragraph Essay structure as outlined below. [10pts]
Introduction: Thesis sentence. List each of your supporting arguments as a separate sentence. The last sentence will be a transition to the first body paragraph.
First Body Paragraph: The topic sentence will be a restatement of the first support in your introduction sentence. Provide three clearly separate pieces of support explaining why you want this wish.
The last sentence will be a summary of the paragraph.
Second and Third Body Paragraphs: Repeat the steps for the first body paragraph. Keep each wish and its support clearly separate with little to no overlap from your previous wishes.
Conclusion: This paragraph will restate the thesis as well as the summary sentence from each body
paragraph. Then, it will wrap up with a strong concluding sentence.
Part 7: Revising
Mark your revisions using a bright color or the Track Changes tool. I MUST see some sign that you have revised and improved your paper—at least one thing in each paragraph. [20pts]
Review your sentences based on the following criteria:
1. Run-on sentences. Underline your conjunctions and other sentence joiners (because, since, after, etc.) and review how many you have in a sentence. More than two sentence joiners can be a sign of a run on. You may break longer sentences into shorter sentences.
2. Overlapping ideas. Review each piece of support to ensure that your wishes or support are not similar. Some examples include winning the lottery and being rich; winning lots of money, winning a car, winning a house; being a professional at a sport or activity and gaining a sponsor/advertising deal. Revise overlapping ideas to reinforce their differences, or rewrite to create a new, better idea.
3. Summaries. Does your summary sentence include the main idea? Make sure your summary does NOT add ANY new information to the paragraph—this should only be a review of what was said in THIS paragraph.
Part 8: Final Draft
After you have finished revising, you will submit a polished, typed draft.
1. 12 point, double spaced, margins at 1” all sides
2. Name, date, class in upper right
3. Give your essay a name, centered above the text
4. Submit all related work: Prewriting worksheet, rough draft, editing notes/marks, and final draft.
Final draft: 30pts