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Fiction Essay Thesis and Outline Instructions
 
In Module/Week 3, you will write a 750-words (about 3–4-pages) essay that compares and contrasts two stories from the Fiction Unit.  Before you begin writing the essay, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below.  Review the Fiction Essay Grading Rubric to see how your submission will be graded.  Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a one-page thesis statement and outline for your essay.  Format the thesis statement and the outline in a single Word document using MLA, APA, or Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program).  You have the opportunity to receive helpful instructor feedback if you submit just this thesis and outline by the end of Module/Week 2. The essay is due by the end of Module/Week 3, and should include a title page, thesis statement, and outline, followed by the essay itself. 

Guidelines for Developing Your Paper Topic
 
Chapter 38 in your textbook provides some helpful pointers for reading actively, taking notes, brainstorming, developing a clearly-defined thesis statement, and preparing an outline.  Be sure that you have read the chapter before doing any further work for this assignment.  

Choose two of the following short stories to compare and contrast in your essay: • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
• “The Destructors” by Graham Greene
• “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence
• “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
• “The Child by Tiger” by Thomas Wolfe
• “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
 
Also, make at least one of these elements of fiction the focus of your essay: • Conflict/Plot/Structure
• Characterization
• Setting
• Theme/Authors’ Purposes
• Point of View
• Tone/Style/Irony/Symbol/Imagery
 
If you need help focusing your essay, ask yourself questions that correspond to your chosen element(s).  
Conflict/Plot/Structure...
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