Category: Writing

Shaping Sheet Reflections


1. How did you determine the position you will argue?
2. How did you narrow down your reasons to support your position?
3. How did you decide the order to put your reasons in?
4. What is more challenging to create–concrete details or commentaries? Why?
5. How is the shaping sheet helping you organize your thoughts?
1.) My position that I am arguing came naturally, it is how i feel we as students should be educated.
2.)I narrowed down the reasons i support my position by selecting ideas that were broad enough to expand on, but solid enough to back up.
3.) I never ordered my reasons, they came to me in that order, and i felt there was no reason to change it.
4.) Concrete details are slightly harder (not by much) to create than commentaries because concrete details have to be 100% factual, whereas commentaries are just your educated opinion that supports your position.
5.) The shaping sheet is helping me organize my ideas by taking my facts, and opinions, and putting them in a readable order.

Q   1.What purpose does the thesis serve in a persuasive essay?

   2.How do the topic sentences relate to the thesis?
   3.How do the concrete details relate to the topic sentence?
   4.How do the commentaries relate to the concrete detail?
   5.How does the wrap-up sentence relate to the body paragraph?
   How will this organizational method (shaping sheet) help you improve your writing?
A   1) The thesis serves as the topic sentence for the whole essay. It should be catchy and make the reader want to keep reading.
     2) The topic sentences are each individual branch of the thesis sentence.
     3) The concrete details reinforce the topic sentence of each paragraph with facts, and confirm the topic sentence in more detail.
     4) The commentaries confirm the concrete details in your own words.
     5) The wrap up sentence closes and finishes any unanswered questions the reader may have.
     This organizational method will make things flow much smoother.