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Published on July 28, 2008

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Provides an introduction for writing a definition essay using the 4-square organizational method. Prompt: What is a hero?

 

What does it mean to be a hero? Paine College, Augusta, GA Mack Gipson, Jr. Tutorial & Enrichment Center rev. 10/2006

Dictionary definition: “ a person of distinguished courage or ability…admired for brave deeds and noble qualities…role model, ideal…” (excerpts, Webster, Unabridged, 2nd edition, 2001)

Joseph Campbell defines heroes as those who have given their lives to something bigger than themselves.

Who are heroes? Fictional Heroes Greek mythology King Arthur The Lord of the Rings Star Wars Comic Book Characters Video Games Political Figures Astronauts Firemen/Police officers Soldiers Survivors/Victims of the Holocaust Sports Figures Civil Rights Activists Everyday persons

Fictional Heroes

Greek mythology

King Arthur

The Lord of the Rings

Star Wars

Comic Book Characters

Video Games

Political Figures

Astronauts

Firemen/Police officers

Soldiers

Survivors/Victims of the Holocaust

Sports Figures

Civil Rights Activists

Everyday persons

2 Types Heroic Deeds Physical deeds hero risks his/her life and makes great sacrifices hero overcomes great obstacles to succeed Spiritual deeds hero has a supernormal/spiritual experience and comes back to share a message, lesson, gift, or idea

Physical deeds

hero risks his/her life and makes great sacrifices

hero overcomes great obstacles to succeed

Spiritual deeds

hero has a supernormal/spiritual experience and comes back to share a message, lesson, gift, or idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Makes a Hero? First, list as many heroes as you can think of… Next, choose three heroes from your list.

First, list as many heroes as you can think of…

What Makes a Hero? Now, list characteristics they have in common. Finally, circle the three most important traits.

Write your definition of a hero. What is a Hero?

Write your definition

of a hero.

Structure of an Essay Introduction Must contain a thesis statement Must catch the reader’s attention Body Paragraphs Provide evidence 3 levels supporting details Conclusion Provides closure Summarizes main points Makes connections

Introduction

Must contain a thesis statement

Must catch the reader’s attention

Body Paragraphs

Provide evidence

3 levels supporting details

Conclusion

Provides closure

Summarizes main points

Makes connections

Thesis Statement (3 elements) Topic What the essay is about Controlling idea Must be provable Hawaii is the best vacation spot. Dress codes should be banned. May also reference the three supporting details

Topic

What the essay is about

Controlling idea

Must be provable

Hawaii is the best vacation spot.

Dress codes should be banned.

May also reference the three supporting details

Body Paragraphs Supporting Details Level 1: Topic Sentence Controlling sentences name and control the topic Level 2: Clarifying Sentences Help make the topic clearer—explain Level 3: Completing sentences Add specific details that explain or describe the topic

Supporting Details

Level 1: Topic Sentence

Controlling sentences name and control the topic

Level 2: Clarifying Sentences

Help make the topic clearer—explain

Level 3: Completing sentences

Add specific details that explain or describe the topic

From Broad to Specific Animals (essay level) Dogs (paragraph level) Poodles (clarifying) Fifi (completing)

Animals (essay level)

Dogs (paragraph level)

Poodles (clarifying)

Fifi (completing)

To begin… Fold your paper into four squares. Darken in the lines. Write your basic thesis statement above the line in the middle to remind you of what you will be proving.

A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics:… Now we have to answer the question—Why? Provide reasons , examples , incidents , facts/statistics to support your thesis.

Basic Thesis Statement ( because ) + the three reasons, examples, facts, or incidents in Box 1 of each section A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics: courage, self-sacrifice, leadership. A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics: courage self-sacrifice leadership

A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics. Now we need to clarify what we mean by each reason. In other words, why/how do the people you chose as heroes exhibit these characteristics? Paint a picture with words. courage self-sacrifice leadership Luke Skywalker Karen Silkwood Martin Luther King

For each of your heroes, think of a time when he/she exhibited each of the characteristics you circled. Supporting Evidence

For each of your heroes, think of a time when he/she exhibited each of the characteristics you circled.

A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics. Now we need to clarify what we mean by each reason. In other words, why/how do the people you chose as heroes exhibit these characteristics? Paint a picture with words. courage self-sacrifice leadership Luke Skywalker Facing Darth Vader one on one Karen Silkwood testified to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about safety issues at nuclear plant Martin Luther King Spent the night in B’ham jail

Luke Skywalker

Facing Darth Vader one on one

Karen Silkwood

testified to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about safety issues at nuclear plant

Martin Luther King

Spent the night in B’ham jail

How do each of these examples support your definition of a hero? Supporting Evidence

How do each of these examples support your definition of a hero?

Pick the main points For each of your examples, only include the main points You don’t have to tell the whole story

For each of your examples, only include the main points

You don’t have to tell the whole story

A hero is one who exemplifies the following characteristics. Add Transition Words Connect Paragraphs Connect Ideas within Paragraphs Sequence, Illustration, Addition, Cause/Effect courage self-sacrifice leadership Luke Skywalker Facing Darth Vader one on one Karen Silkwood testified to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about safety issues at nuclear plant Martin Luther King Spent the night in B’ham jail First, One reason, In the beginning Next, Second, Not only…but also Most importantly, Finally, Third

Luke Skywalker

Facing Darth Vader one on one

Karen Silkwood

testified to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about safety issues at nuclear plant

Martin Luther King

Spent the night in B’ham jail

Now, it’s your turn Take the Thesis Statement and each main supporting detail (characteristic) Turn it into your topic sentences Remember, your topic sentence must have the topic and a controlling idea Your paragraph will include only one topic but numerous supporting details

Take the Thesis Statement and each main supporting detail (characteristic)

Turn it into your topic sentences

Remember, your topic sentence must have the topic and a controlling idea

Your paragraph will include only one topic but numerous supporting details

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