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Intro Paragraph. Your introduction should: Catch reader’s attention: (anecdote, quote, provocative statement, etc.) Set the stage for your reading audience by: Establishing right away your central focus (power struggle, appeal to audiences from different social classes, gender dynamic, etc.)

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intro paragraph
Intro Paragraph
  • Your introduction should:
    • Catch reader’s attention: (anecdote, quote, provocative statement, etc.)
    • Set the stage for your reading audience by:
      • Establishing right away your central focus (power struggle, appeal to audiences from different social classes, gender dynamic, etc.)
      • Defining key terminology
      • Providing only necessary and relevant historical and social information
    • Move from this general introduction of central focus to specific and arguable thesis.
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Thesis Building/Evaluation Tips
  • Your Thesis should:
    • Make arguable claim about specificrhetorical features of the passage
    • Establish a specific connection to some larger theme/issue of the play
      • For example, the somewhat tense relationship between Titania and Oberon
    • Use qualifiers to add specificity (ex: reluctant union)
    • Express Why it is important - an implicit or explicit “because” statement functions as the important “so what” element in your thesis statement
    • Begin with your interpretation of the TEXT and THEN (maybe) stage it - You may or may not choose to express HOW specific staging choices will make that interpretation clear in your thesis.
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Things to Check/Avoid/Test
  • Is the thesis arguable (not making obvious claim)
  • Is the thesis descriptive, normative, or analytical/interpretive?
  • Is the thesis specific or does it refer to “other characters” or the play in general?
  • Underline the thesis subject and circle the thesis verb
  • If you see multiple subjects you have created a “List” Thesis (connection between list items becomes thesis – list items become intermediate claims)
  • If you direct your focus to the author (W.S.) or the reader (“we” “one”) then you might be falling prey to a fallacy of intention
  • Is the verb active? Is it interpretive? (rate these)
    • What is the difference between “is,” “shows,” “uses,” “demonstrates,” “underscores,” “undermines,” “implies…”
cew paragraphs claims evidence warrants
CEW Paragraphs – Claims/Evidence/Warrants
  • Every paragraph should have a transitional bridge
  • Each body paragraph asserts a specific Claim (mini-thesis)
  • Introduce the Evidence (integrate “rich” bites of textual evidence stylistically into your writing)
  • The Warrant is the interpretive meat of your supporting paragraph. It connects the claim to the evidence through explication – You explain HOW the words you quote SHOW your claim (in other words…you identify and explain the metaphor, how the diction functions: elicits anger, reluctance)
  • HOW:
    • Close read based on imagery (pay attention to words that evoke the senses or connote sensory experience)
    • Close read based on sound (pay attention to rhythm, rhyme and meter)
    • Close read based on figures of speech (how do similes function, what do metaphors represent)
    • Close read based on diction
    • Looking for more? On-line searchable AMSND
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