Plan your paper. How are you going to structure your ideas? What key examples from the movie must you write about?
Find a focus. The focus should fit the prompt rather than making the prompt fit the focus.
Write in 3rd person, active voice, and present tense. Adopt a neutral, objective tone without losing your own personal flair.
Introductions and conclusions frame your paper. Try for swift incisive entries and thoughtful exits. You have no room to waste on flowery, fluffy, meaningless words. I will teach you how to write an introduction and a conclusion in class.
Avoid plot summary. Remember to analyze rather than summarize. Show how a character is portrayed in the story. The reader needs to see “the hand of the writer,” which is you.
Use language appropriate for your discussion. Formal language is best. Use proper mechanics, usage, and grammar.
Peer edit and revise and revise and revise and revise and revise...
Submit your final draft to turnitin.com by 11:59 p.m. on or before the turnitin.com due date. Then print, and staple in the upper left-hand corner before you come to class.
This assignment is worth 100 points based on your:
Use of the Five Paragraph Essay format.
Discussion and analysis of the topic identified.
Inclusion of examples from the movie to support your ideas.
Compliance with formatting instructions.
Accurate and correct diction, grammar, and syntax.
Handwritten Rough Draft: Monday, October 1st
Typed Rough Draft Turnitin.com: Monday, October 1st or Tuesday, October 2nd before 11:59 p.m. •
Typed Rough Draft in class: Wednesday, October 3rd
Revision 1 Turnitin.com: Thursday, October 4th to Sunday, October 7th before 11:59 p.m. •
Revision 1 Hardcopy in class: Friday, October 5th or Monday, October 8th
Read the following pages to help you compose your essay. Good luck and happy writing.
Thesis Statements: Strategies, Checklist, & Samples
The thesis statement in an essay of literary analysis functions as follows: 1.
It narrows your topic to a central idea—all topic sentences and body paragraphs will develop and support this idea 2.
It asserts something specific and significant about the topic, conveying your expert opinion 3.
It may preview how your ideas will be arranged within your essay 4.
It is logical, precise, and reasonable
Here are some strategies for formulating a thesis statement:
I. Decode the writing prompt: Pay close attention to the language of the prompt.
Underline or highlight words that indicate specific areas of focus. Use the
language of the prompt while composing your thesis statement.
* Depending on the prompt or assignment you are given, you may be able to simply restate the prompt while including your answer to how/why questions.
II. Take Inventory: Determine which supporting details or passages could be used to prove your thesis.
* Be careful! Avoid arbitrarily selecting quotes. Be certain the supporting details you choose do, in fact, support the central idea.
III. Identify Relationships, Distinctions, & Categories: Once you have a variety of
supporting details, determine what various aspects of the thesis statement each detail supports. These distinctions or categories will be used to determine what your topic sentences and body paragraphs will be made up of.
IV. Revise and Draft Again: Rewrite the thesis as many times as necessary to achieve
satisfaction. Continually refer to the prompt to be sure you are directly and specifically responding to its requirements. You may find that after you have written the body paragraphs, your paper has taken a different direction. In that case, you must revise your thesis statement to suit the rest of the essay.
Consider the following checklist when composing a thesis statement: Do not use first-person point of view in a thesis statement, unless you are writing personal...
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