Organizing the Notes of the Interview

Organizing the Notes of the Interview

Narrativeformat or question and reaction format?

Very first, you need to know if your teacher wants you to write the essay in a narrative format or in a question response format. This will affect how you organize your paper.

Both essay formats need a strong introduction, an organized figure and a solid conclusion. The difference is that the question and response essay will use direct quotes with your questions. The narrative essay can have paraphrased information from the interview mixed in with direct quotes.

How doI begin writing my interview essay?

Hopefully, you took copious (many) notes during your interview and hopefully you were permitted to record the interview to catch any information that you missed in your notes. Now, you need to organize your information into a logical outline

Very likely the easiest way to organize all the information is to read through your notes and to listen to the recording of the interview. You need to think about what the reader would like to know about the person you interviewed. Pick three main themes or ideas that you talked about during the interview. These will become assets paragraphs for your essay. Once you have packaged your brain around the three main things you are going to talk about in your essay, you need to write out an outline.

Sample Outline

This outline will help you write a five paragraph essay for a narrative format. However, you can lightly organize your question and response format essay using this outline as well.

Embark with a humorous or interesting anecdote or fact that the person told you.

Thesis stat ement. A thesis statement is one sentence that tells who was interviewed, his or her title, and why you interviewed the person. Basically, what do you plan to tell your reader about this person? This must be in the introduction, and you must spell the person’s name correctly. Read this article on how to write a thesis statement for more help.

II. Bod paragraph 1: One big idea you learned

III. Assets paragraph Two: 2nd big idea you learned

IV. Assets paragraph Trio: Third big idea you learned

V. Conclusion: You need to wrap up your essay by summarizing and writing some concluding remarks about the person.

Write the Interview Essay

How do I turn the outline into an essay?

Depending on the assigned length of your paper, you can write a paragraph for each Roman numeral on your outline. However, if you need to write a longer essay, you can have several paragraphs for Roman numerals II, III, and IV.

You need to make sure that you put quotation marks around words that the person said, and you need to make sure that you bod paragraphs support your thesis statement. Once you have a rough draft written, you need someone to peer-edit your paper. Then, you can write a final copy for your teacher.

You should now be an pro on how to write an interview essay. You may need to edit and revise your essay to get a top grade, but you should understand the writing process for the interview essay.

Organizing the Notes of the Interview

Narrativeformat or question and reaction format?

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