Writing an Essay. Mr. Wilson – LMAC- 2012. Thesis Statement. Writing a Thesis Statement. When writing a thesis statement, first you have to narrow your focus – how? Pick ONE theme from your chosen piece Examples: The unwanted child Jules’ Logic The Pinocchio effect ??? Choose you own!.
Mr. Wilson – LMAC- 2012
When writing a thesis statement, first you have to narrow your focus – how?
A thesis statement is a road mapfor your paper; in other words it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
It puts forth an arguable opinionabout a subject.
A thesis is an opinion and not a list of facts or summary.
A strong thesis has three parts: S.O.B.
(1) A subject- it has to be a statement about the author, i.e. NO PASSIVE VOICE;
(3) A blue-print- there has to be some mention of the literary elements and/or author's techniques you are going to talk about in your essay;
(2) An opinion- or claim about the subject - this is your ARGUMENT. Someone else might disagree with it.
Have you ever felt connected to someone by a material or object? In the short story Very Special Shoes by Callaghan, Callaghan expressed how a daughter will always be in memory with her mother through a pair of red leather shoes. Mary’s mother bought her those red leather shoes because her mother wanted the shoes to be that last thing that Mary received from her so that those shoes will always have a special importance and a special memory that will only be between Mary and her mother.
In this short story the author puts a lot of emotion into it. The story basically focuses on how a red pair of shoes could be so important to a little girl. Mary continuously asks her mother for these red pair of shoes, and the mother finally gives in, but these pair of shoes can cause a lot of tension between the family members. Callaghan’s short story Very Special Shoes shows how these red pair of shoes could be an issue for Mary and her other family members.
In the poem America, written by Claude McKay, the man in the story explains how he feels about America. He describes his good and bad feelings using the sentence “I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.” The author of the poem lived in America during the Great depression which means he lived through the hard times of America.
Not to Keep is a war poem by Robert Frost about a woman receiving a letter and reuniting with her husband only to find out he is to return to war in a week. Frost creates a negative tone in this poem through the dialogue and relationship of between the two characters. While this poem is clear about its theme being war, what it seems to hide in detail the agony that the poor woman has to face, watching her husband head off to war once more, waiting in a dying hope that her husband will return back alive.
Suzanne Collinsdemonstrates the flaws of a dictatorship or absolute power using the metaphor of Katniss' experiences and her loss of freedom.
Before you can start writing your outline…
Outlines are supposed to be….
Your Introduction and your Conclusion…
The main purpose of an Outline is to be prepared BEFORE you sit down in front of your computer.
You do not want to start writing and then be thinking: “what’s next?”
Editing is an absolute MUST:
As an editor, what do you look for?
Start with looking for major MLA issues:
What are the elements of a good introduction?
Don’t read someone else’s work and say “yeah – it’s ok...Whatever.”
That is not your job. Your job is to help them get better.
Each paragraph is like a mini-essay:
If it is less then 3 sentences or more then 8…something is up.
Good writing FLOWS:
100 transition words
Academic Essays – by Adam Kissel
Transitional and Linking Words used in multiple paragraph essays
What is it?
Why should you avoid it?
Why is it so easy to catch high school students?
(Now fly, my pretties! FLY!)