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  1. Exercise: Brainstorm

    1. Answers will vary significantly, no example provided
  2. Exercise: Write your thesis

    1. Answers will vary significantly, no example provided
  3. Exercise: Make an outline

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  1. Exercise: Write and identify hooks (Hooks and types of hooks will vary. However, the general topics should be the same.)

    1. Paragraph 1

      Hook: How do you prefer to study?

      Type: question

      Topic: studying

    2. Paragraph 2

      Hook: College is a natural step for many seniors.

      Type: fact

      Topic: plans after graduation

    3. Paragraph 3

      Hook: Everybody experiences emotional moments in their lives.

      Type: fact

      Topic: most emotional moment

  2. Exercise: Evaluate thesis statements

    1. Not effective, announces
    2. Not effective, too general
    3. Is effective, states main points
    4. Not effective, too specific
    5. Not effective, not a statement
    6. Not effective, doesn't answer the prompt
    7. Not effective, announces
    8. Is effective, implies main points
    9. Not effective, incomplete sentence
    10. Not effective, too general
  3. Exercise: Re-order a paragraph

    1. The first week of the ELC was very busy! On Monday, I spent several hours in the computer lab taking tests. Monday afternoon, I attended the ELC orientation in my native language. On Tuesday, I had an interview with one of the teachers. On Wednesday, all of the new students met in the gym for more orientation and lunch. We also played a game together after lunch.  I went to BYU campus on Thursday to get my student ID card. On Friday, I received the results of my tests in an email from the ELC. When the ELC emailed me, I read the names of my teachers. I was very tired by the end of the week, but I was ready to start my first semester at the ELC.
  4. Exercise: Check your essay

    1. Answers will vary significantly, no example provided