MEL-Con

Writing Strategy

A guide to help teach students how to write better developed, clearer, more organized paragraphs in response to essay questions or any written assignment which requires explanation or persuasion.

Overview of MEL-Con process

Step-by-Step MEL-Con process

samples of Melcon paragraphs

Tools for MEL-Con

MEL-Con in multi-paragraph essays

Overview of MEL-Con?

M = Main Idea

E = Evidence or Examples

L = Link

Con = Concluding statement

Don't forget to use
TRANSITIONS!
Even more importantly
Moreover
A great example is
Third but most important
The first good reason is
A final good example

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MEL-Con Step-by-Step

Did Oedipus deserve his final fate? Why or why not?

Step 1:

answer the question with a statement

Oedipus deserved his final fate of being exiled from Thebes and living his life as a blind man.

Step 2:

Identify the key idea to which you will link your evidence so your link will be effective

 

key idea you're trying to prove

Oedipus deserved his final fate of being exiled from Thebes and living his life as a blind man.

Now for each example you give, you must link it back to the fact that he deserved his tragedy. (explain)

Step 3: Identify your first example that you think supports this

 

Oedipus was warned by the gods that he would marry his mother and kill his father, yet he tempted this fate by getting married to Jocasta and killing some men on the road to Thebes.

 

Step 4:

Link your example back to your key idea

In this example, Oedipus shows us why he deserved what he got. He knew from the gods that he was headed for this fate, yet he went ahead and killed men and married a woman he barely knew anyway. He tried to run away from fate, but he never followed through completely and did these things anyway, so he deserved his tragedy.

Step 5:

Repeat the previous two steps, find another example and link it

Step 6:

Make sure you use transitions between each example

The first example from the play that supports this is that Oedipus was warned by the gods that he would marry his mother and kill his father, yet he tempted this fate by getting married to Jocasta and killing some men on the road to Thebes.

 

Step 7:

End your paragraph with a concluding statement to wrap up your ideas

So, it is clear that Oedipus got what he deserved. He tempted his fate when he killed and married anyway, he made the law to be exiled in the first place, and he promised to save his people from the plague and that was the only way he could keep his word.

 

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Oedipus Essay