ENG 4U – The Organizing Principle (Not Principal…There’s a Difference)

Today, we’ll hopefully come to a better understanding of how the method of organization you choose changes the structure and the audience’s perception of your work.

Step 1: Read one of the following essay from the text

  • Lord of the Geeks – p.410
  • A story of War and Change – p.364
  • The Enchanted Forest – p.318

Step 2: Using the sheet I gave you yesterday, identify the organizing principle of the essay you read. Provide 4-5 specific bits of evidence to support your claim.

Step 3: Choose another method of organization that might work for this essay. Create a rough 5-point structure for this “new” essay, making clear connections between your points and the method of organization. You are NOT writing the essay.

Step 4: I will put you in groups to discuss the essay you read. I’d like you to come to an agreement about the method of organization used by the author.

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