MEL-Con: - PC\|MAC

MEL-Con: - PC\|MAC

MEL-Con: Changing students writing one paragraph at a time. Monday, August 8, 2016 Objectives: Explain the basic format of MEL-Con paragraphs View student-authored MEL-Con paragraphs

Discuss how to use MEL-Con in different disciplines Introduction What is MEL-Con? Why should I care about MEL-Con? What happens if I REFUSE to use MEL-Con?

The Building Blocks of MEL-Con M = Main Idea (Topic Sentence) E = Evidence (Support/Examples/Proof) L = Link (Explains how support proves main idea)

Con = Concluding sentence (summarizes main idea and evidence) Writing Main Ideas What is a main idea? First sentence of paragraph (topic sentence) Example:

Prompt: Should high school students have to write MEL-Con paragraphs? Main Idea: High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. OR High school students should not have to write MELCon paragraphs. Writing Transitions and Evidence

Transitions: Each piece of evidence should begin with a transition Something that connects one piece of information to another Introduces new information E.g.: furthermore, moreover, also, again, in addition, next, finally, besides, etc. Evidence Evidence:

Something to support main idea Evidence (Support/Examples/Proof/Direct Quote) Around three pieces of evidence per paragraph When quoting text, you must cite it properly! Quote intro, Actual Quote (Authors Last Name/ Page number).

Example: Additionally, Jodee felt that her parents did not understand her. This was clear when she stated that [her] parents didnt understand what they were doing to [her]. Though they meant well, [she] felt betrayed (Blanco 74). High school students have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. Writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas.

Writing Links You must have a link for each piece of evidence Links must fully explain how evidence proves the main idea One link is at least 2 sentences Sentence one should further explain the example or provide more specific details.

Sentence two should explain how the evidence supports or proves the main idea. How many links will you have in one paragraph if you must have 3 pieces of evidence? How many sentences? High school students should have to write MEL-Con paragraphs. To begin, writing MELCon paragraphs helps students organize and focus their ideas. By using the MEL-Con format, students will use specific examples to support their argument and will be less likely to diverge from their main idea. By focusing their argument, students will effectively communicate their position, which is an important component of all writing.

Writing Concluding Sentences The final part of your perfect body paragraph Should restate the main idea in a different way and include a summary of the evidence. One sentence long Because writing MEL-Con paragraphs helps

students maintain focus. It is necessary for all freshman to use this writing format. At least how many sentences should be in a basic MEL-Con Paragraph? Sample Mel-Con Underline the main idea Place a star next to the evidence

Place a box around links Circle transitions Draw a squiggly line under the concluding sentence

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