A Essay On Me and my big mouth

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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What an unusual topic! By the phrasing of "my big mouth", this may be a punishment assignment or a wake-up call from a teacher. Whatever it is, handle this like any other essay. What do you wnt to say about your big mouth? Does it get you into trouble? In what ways? I can see an essay with a thesis about three ways your big mouth gets you into trouble. One could be that you blurt out in class which makes your teacher angry which you could develop with examples and whether it is deliberate or not. Another could be the frustration of other students expecting you to be the class clown and use your big mouth to distract the class. Another could be your own frustration with your lack of control because you would like to change your image. Are you ADHD with no one to teach you methods of controlling your mouth or blurting out? Any of these could be developed into a paragraph to give you three body paragraphs. Your thesis and conclusion would focus on the three body paragraphs you pick. Good luck as I think that for you, this will be an important essay.
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edcon | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Another way to look at this very broad essay prompt is from the perspective of how things we say can sometimes commit us to action we may not be prepared to take.

For instance, if you were to complain about a given situation and/or the way the person in charge is handling it, the person in charge may well hand off the responsibility to you. If this were the case, you might find yourself thinking "me and my big mouth." An example on how to structure this essay might look like this:

Introduction 

Mrs. McGillicuddy, my English teacher, is not creative in her lesson planning; consequently, I am often bored in her class. Every day, we read a story or poem and she asks us questions about the work's theme and the techniques the author uses. Like I said, boring. One day, Mrs. McGillicuddy heard me complaining about how predictable and unexciting her class is. She smiled sweetly and said that it would be my responsibility to plan lessons for the class for the next week. My big mouth and I had to think of a way to make poems and short stories more exciting for my classmates and me.

To compose the rest of your essay, plan a topic sentence for each of the subsequent paragraphs. You might organize the paragraphs chronologically as you approached the task of planning lessons. For example:

paragraph 2: how you learned the material well enough to teach it to others

paragraph 3: how you designed your exciting lessons that kept all of your students engaged

paragraph 4: how you assessed your students' learning

paragraph 5: what you learned about teaching—and "you and your big mouth" 

The takeaway here is the importance of planning your essay's structure before you begin to write, no matter your topic. Once you have decided on your thesis and written your introduction, plan each paragraph's topic sentence, including your conclusion.