11-minute Essay Directions
STEP ONE
Develop a starting point prompt. This could be a statement or a quote. Copy the statement or quote as your first sentence in the first paragraph.

STEP TWO
Continue in the first paragraph and brainstorm and write for one minute to answer the question “what does this mean?” The writer will be interpreting the statement or the picture in terms of his own knowledge and experiences.

STEP THREE
For the second paragraph, brainstorm and write for three minutes answering the question “how do you know that’s true?” Think of one book or story in print that proves that. When you have a title in mind, write about how the book/story supports the idea stated in the first paragraph. An example is:

STEP FOUR
For the third paragraph, brainstorm and write for three minutes about a movie that also proves the idea. Use the name of the movie as you write about it. An example is:

STEP FIVE
For paragraph four, brainstorm and write for three minutes about how the idea has been proven true in your life experiences.

STEP SIX
For paragraph five, which is also your conclusion paragraph, brainstorm and write for one minute about one question that remains after all that you’ve written. Start with “I wonder” or “I think” or “Maybe, though,” to get going. An example is: