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I. THE READING PROCESS. 1. Becoming a Strong Reader. Stage 1: Get an Overview of the Selection. Stage 2: Deepen Your Sense of the Selection. Stage 3: Evaluate the Selection. * Ellen Goodman, Family Counterculture. II. THE WRITING PROCESS. 2. Getting Started Through Prewriting. Observations About the Writing Process. Use Prewriting to Get Started. Keep a Journal. Understand the Boundaries of the Assignment. Determine Your Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Point of View. Discover Your Essay's Limited Subject. Generate Raw Material About Your Limited Subject. Organize the Raw Material. Activities: Getting Started Through Prewriting. 3. Identifying a Thesis. What Is a Thesis? Finding a Thesis. Writing an Effective Thesis. Tone and Point of View. Implied Pattern of Development. Including a Plan of Development. Don't Write a Highly Opinionated Statement. Don't Make an Announcement. Don't Make a Factual Statement. Don't Make a Broad Statement. Arriving at an Effective Thesis. Placing the Thesis in an Essay. Activities: Identifying a Thesis. 4. Supporting the Thesis with Evidence. What Is Evidence? How Do You Find Evidence? How the Patterns of Development Help Generate Evidence. Characteristics of Evidence. The Evidence Is Relevant and Unified. The Evidence Is Specific. The Evidence Is Adequate. The Evidence Is Dramatic. The Evidence Is Accurate. The Evidence Is Representative. The Evidence Is Documented. Activities: Supporting the Thesis with Evidence. 5. Organizing the Evidence. Use the Patterns of Development. Select an Organizational Approach. Chronological Approach. Spatial Approach. Emphatic Approach. Simple-to-Complex Approach. Prepare an Outline. Activities: Organizing the Evidence. 6. Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft. How to Move from Outline to First Draft. General Suggestions on How to Proceed. If You Get Bogged Down. A Suggested Sequence for Writing the First Draft. Write the Supporting Paragraphs. Write Other Paragraphs in the Essay's Body. Write the Introduction. Write the Conclusion. Write the Title. Pulling It All