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    Ratiocinating an essay for IB English

    Ratiocinate:  To reason methodically and logically


    Highlight the thesis statement and each topic sentence, as well as the restatement of the thesis idea in the conclusion.

    Highlight each direct or paraphrased quote.

    Highlight every literary device.  Record the number on your rubric.

    Count the number of words in your essay.  Record your word count as a fraction of “in class” writing and “total” word, on your rubric.  Example:  678/1273.  

    Self grade your essay on the rubric and add any comments you may want to share with your teacher.  Attach the rubric to the top of:  your approved thesis, then outline, and essay.