PowerWriting: Stage 2

PowerWriting Stage 2 The Learning Cafe

After creating a simple PowerFrame in PowerWriting Stage 1, a PowerGraph is created. PowerWriting Stage 2 is a very basic structure of paragraph writing.

Each Power in the PowerFrame will become a sentence. Therefore, a PowerFrame structured as a P1, P2, P2 develops into a three sentence paragraph.

The topic sentence, Power 1, has specific requirements, as do the Power 2’s that follow.

Writing the Topic Sentence


The topic of the soon to be created PowerGraph comes directly from the previously created PowerGraph. Look at the example PowerGraph below…

       Power 1 ( P1) Seasons

                      Power 2 (P2) Summer

                      Power 2 (P2)Fall

The topic in the PowerFrame above is “seasons” because it is the Power 1 (P1).

In this stage, the topic sentence require a focus and the use of the word “two”. Using the ordinal indicator prefaces the two items of support – the two Power 2’s – that follow the Power 1.

 

Generating a Focus for the Topic Sentence


The topic “seasons” requires a focus, such as one of the following:

  • my favorite
  • I like
  • most memorable
  • least favorite
  • most festive
  • I love

Power 1 = Topic + Focus

Example 1


Power 1 (p1): Season (topic) + Favorite (focus)

               Power 2 (P2) Summer

                Power 2 (P2) Fall

Possible Topic Sentence for Example 1 Above

  1. I have two favorite seasons.
  2. There are two seasons I love.
  3. Two seasons are most memorable.
  4. I love two festive seasons.

Notice: the subtopics provided in the Power 2’s, ‘summer’ and ‘fall’, are not present in the topic sentence. However, the requirements of including the topic, the focus, and the word “two” are included.

 

Generating PowerGraph


PowerGraph Possibilities from Example Above

       Possibility #1:

I have two favorite season. The first one is summer. The second one is fall.

       Possibility #2:

Two Seasons are my absolute favorite. One is summer. The other is fall.

       Possibility #3:

Two seasons can be classified as my favorites. One is summer. Another is fall.

 

PowerGraph are So Elementary!!!


There is always a concern that PowerGraphs are too simplistic to help someone become a more effective writer. Although it’s true, they are elementary in the first stages, they become more complex as the writers move through the process that is PowerWriting.

The simplicity is not meant to be insulting. It’s meant to be clarifying.

The purpose of generating such elementary PowerGraph is establish a clear understanding of structure, including the required elements the Power 1 (topic sentences) and clear transitions in the the Power 2’s (support). Throughout the stages of PowerWriting, these requirements advance.

 

Example 2

PowerFrame


Power 1 (p1): Sports (topic) + I love watching (focus)

               Power 2 (P2) Soccer

               Power 2 (P2) Baseball

 

Possible Topic Sentences


  • There are two sports I love to watch.
  • I watch two sports every week.
  • I love watching two sports.

Notice: the subtopics provided in the Power 2’s, ‘soccer’ and ‘baseball’, are not present in the topic sentence. However, the requirements of including the topic, the focus, and the word “two” are included. 

 

PowerGraphs


       Possibility #1

There are two sports I watch every week. The first one is soccer. The second one is baseball.

       Possibility #2

I watch two sports every week. One is soccer. The other is baseball.

       Possibility #3

I love watching two sports. Soccer is one of them. Baseball is the other one.

 

Example 3


Power 1 (p1): Holidays (topic) + Most Festive (focus)

              Power 2 (P2) Thanksgiving

              Power 2 (P2) Fourth of July

 

Possible Topic Sentences


  • Two holidays can be identified as most festive.
  • There are two holidays that are festive.
  • I like two festive holidays.

Notice: The subtopics provided in the Power 2’s, ‘Thanksgiving’ and ‘Fourth of July’, are not present in the topic sentence. However, the requirements of including the topic, the focus, and the word “two” are included. 

 

PowerGraph


       Possibility #1

I like two festive holidays. The first one is Thanksgiving. The second one is Fourth of July.

       Possibility #2

There are holiday that are festive. The first one is Thanksgiving. The second one is Fourth of July.

       Possibility #3

Two holidays are classified as most festive. One is Thanksgiving. The other is Fourth of July.

 

Key Points to Remember About PowerGraphs in Stage 2


  • As simple as they are, they are paragraph.
  • The word “two” is required in P1 (topic sentence).
  • Transitions are required in P2’s (support).
  • The PowerGraph structure is derived from PowerFrame.
  • Each line on the the PowerFrame becomes a sentence.
  • Power 2’s are never blended with Power 1.
  • A P1, P2, P2 PowerFrame always generates a 3 sentence PowerGraph.

Coming Up Next


In Stage 3 of the PowerWriting Process, you’ll learn how to add greater depth of ideas to the PowerGraph examples above while maintaining the simplicity of structure to maintain focus.

 

Move on to PowerWriting Stage 3