Developing a Thesis. Theme. Theme – universal truth What big ideas is the author dealing with? What does the author reveal about life or about the human condition?. “Big Ideas” in To Kill a Mockingbird. Tolerance Courage Hypocrisy Education Respect Prejudice/Inequality
Identify the Subject
Turn the Subject into a Question
Subject/”Big Idea”: Tolerance
Question: Why is it important to see things from another person’s point of view?
Subject/”Big Idea”: Loss of Innocence
Question:What causes a loss of innocence?
Loss of Innocence = “Big Idea”
Level 2 – Novel Related
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s innocence is lost as she faces the truth about human nature.
Level 2 – Novel Related
In her encounters with Mayella, Bob Ewell, and Mrs. Gates, Scout faces the truth about human nature,
Level 3 – Cliché
Facing the truth about human nature allows you to grow and change
Example for Expository Essay:
A Character Wants Something
To Get It (or Not)
diction, imagery, symbols, motifs, archetypes, allusions, characters, etc.
In Richard Selzer’s essay “The Knife,”he uses images of exploration to expresses his sense of wonder and excitement about his profession. Although explorers fear the unknown danger of their task, they must summon all their courage to reach their objective.
includes three things:
An analytical thesis statement includes:
In TAG, the author uses TECHNIQUE to TASK, revealing THEME
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s innocence is lost as she confronts lies, attacks, and racism in the town of Maycomb. In her encounters with Mayella, Bob Ewell, and Mrs. Gates, Scout faces the truth about human nature, illustrating loss of innocence is moving from the assumption that people are naturally good to the more adult perspective gained from confronting evil.
Many authors use the archetype of the hero’s journey to show the transformation of a character. Write an essay analyzing how the journey functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole.
Focusing on one symbol, write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole.
Create Your Own Prompt:
Write an essay analyzing how the author uses _____________ to
develop_____________ revealing the theme of _______ in the work.
Letter Format – Dear Ms. Goss, Date, Etc.
I’m most proud of…
I notice in reading only my Thesis and Topic Sentences that…
In providing me feedback, please focus on…
Please don’t focus on…because I know I didn’t…
The __________ Titleby ______________...
The sci-fiction novel Ender’s Gameby Orson Scott Card depicts a future world where children are trained in the art of war to protect the earth against an alien species.
In the __________ Title, _______________ verb
In the sci-fiction novel Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Carddepicts a future world where Ender Wiggins, a young child soldier, is the hope of the Earth against an alien species.
In ______________’s _____________ Title, Author’s NameGenre
In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fiction novel Ender’s Game, Ender Wiggins is recruited to Battle School in an attempt to save the earth against an alien species.