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The Funnel Writing Method

The Funnel Writing Method

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The FunnelBasic Concept
: The funnel is a structure for writing that improves the student’s ability tounderstand and incorporate language within an essay to give it sense of unity and flow. Its overall concept not only helps to improve the flow of apaper but also improves the diction and connectedness of the ideas to thethesis.
Schematic:
Topic: Based on Aristotle’s “Poetics,” discuss what made Hamlet a tragic character.
Introductory Paragraph:General Opening Statement
– Takes the main theme or idea from the question andposes a statement about that topic.ex. In life, one may experience many tragic events that completely alter or change how one mayview the world.
Second Statement
– Either refutes or supports initial assertion but focuses more closelyon thesis. May or may not use a transition word.ex. However, in literature, it is not just tragic events that may cause a character to be consideredtragic, but rather a set events and characteristics a character must have to fit this description.
Third Statement
– Supports second statement and focuses more closely on the thesis.May or may not use a transition depending on if one was used for thesecond sentence.ex. Aristotle, in his “Poetics” sets out this description for what he considered to be the best wayfor a playwright to not lonely construct tragic characters but a tragedy in its entirety.
Thesis Statement
– States characters used, text title, and a clear stance and/oranswer/response to the essay topic.ex. An example of what Aristotle considered the best way to construct a tragic character is seenin William Shakespeare’s construction of Hamlet, in his play “Hamlet.”
Thesis Support Statement
– The use of this statement depends on how the thesisstatement is phrased and how the overall paragraph flows.ex. As dictated by Aristotle, Hamlet is real to life, neither too good or to evil and betrayed bypeople close to him; definitively making him a tragic character within the play.
 
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Body Paragraphs:General Topic Statement
: Uses ideas from thesis and/or thesis support in order of appearance, makes a general statement that supports thesis and beginsto expound ideas. (Can never be a quote.)ex. If characters within a play are unlike the audience in their manners, diction and morals, thenthe audience would have a difficult time trying to connect to and believe in the characters onstage.
Second Statement
: More focused statement, which connects to topic statement. May or maynot use a transition. May or may not use an in-context quote.ex. Aristotle believed that making at least one character what he called “true to life” or ratherhaving similar manners, diction and morals to the common man in the audience, would cause theaudience to begin to feel for that character and everything he goes through because they couldpossibly be going through or go through the same events.
3 step quoting method a
: All quotes must be quoted in a three step method to ensure thequotes are used properly and fit within the context/flow of the essay.
Step 1
– General Statement : This statement uses the name(s) of the person being quotedas well as a general connection to the topic statement.ex. Although Hamlet was a prince, he attempted to be seen as and was victimized by othercharacters as a common man with the problems associated with being a common man.
Step 2
Quote: Directly supports topic sentence and ideas listed in the generalstatement. (Can not begin or end a paragraph.) Either in context or offset.
Step 3a
– Address Statement #1 – This statement directly addresses the quote and either supportsideas within the quote or uses the quote to incite new ideas.ex. Thus, by Hamlet not telling the gravedigger who he is, Shakespeare is attempting connectHamlet to the common people within the audience by showing how Hamlet can easily converseand align himself with the common, working class people in the play.
Step 3b
– Address Statement #2– This statement continues the ideas of the first addressstatement and remains specific towards discussing the quote..ex. This alignment occurs when Shakespeare uses words such as “commonplace” and brotherwhen Hamlet refers to the players as they arrive (Act 4, Scene 2, Lines 3-7).
3 step quoting method b
: All quotes must be quoted in a three step method to ensure thequotes are used properly and fit within the context/flow of the essay.
Step 1
– General Statement : This statement uses the name(s) of the person being quotedas well as a general connection to the topic statement.
 
3ex. Yet Shakespeare still creates a distinct dichotomy with the attitude of Hamlet towards his“rich” peers, and his desire to be viewed as nothing more than a common man.
Step 2
Quote: Directly supports topic sentence and ideas listed in the generalstatement. (Can not begin or end a paragraph.) Either in context or offset.
Step 3a
– Address Statement #1 – This statement directly addresses the quote and either supportsideas within the quote or uses the quote to incite new ideas.ex. With his play on the word “word” Hamlet mocks Polonius and his desire to “prove” hisworthiness and intelligence – a mark, one could argue, held by those of the upper class..
Step 3b
– Address Statement #2– This statement directly addresses the quote and either supportsideas within the quote or uses the quote to incite new ideas.ex. However, Hamlet does not stop there and he continues to mock Polonius, failing tofundamentally realize that he is only mocking the very thing that provides him with theopportunity to make the mockery; his class status.Clinching Statement: Ties major ideas together within the paragraph and may oftenincite a new idea.ex. With this connection intact, audience members then could imagine themselves playingHamlet and therefore making the play a more real and believable experience for the audiencemembers.

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