To Kill a Mockingbird

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Mrs. Cederholm
Eng. 102

To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Assignment

PLEASE READ ALL DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE BEGINNING ESSAY!

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird explores many themes. Four themes in the novel are outlined in the article titled, “Universal Values: The Enduring Legacy of To Kill A Mockingbird” by Wayne Flynt. This article is posted in the course material folder AND MUST BE READ PRIOR TO COMPLETING THIS ASSIGNMENT.

In an essay of no less than 450 words, choose the ONE theme that Dr. Flynt outlines in his article that YOU feel was the most important theme TO YOU as you read the novel.

In the introductory paragraph, I want you to give a brief summary of the novel. This should be in your own words; you do not need to cite anything from the novel. You MUST give the source information of the novel in your first paragraph right after your first reference of the novel, (Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1960). Your thesis statement (the last sentence of the introductory paragraph) will identify which theme you chose and how it affected you.

In the first body paragraph, explain WHY you chose that theme. You MUST use specific examples and references from the novel to support this theme. NOTE: When referencing a novel, you will give the page number in parenthesis after the quoted or paraphrased material.

In your second body paragraph, explain HOW this theme affected you as you read the novel. Again, you MUST use specific examples and references from the novel to support your explanation. NOTE: When referencing a novel, you will give the page number in parenthesis after the quoted or paraphrased material.

In your concluding paragraph, you will tell whether you liked or disliked this novel and why. This should just be your own thoughts — your gut reaction after reading the book — and does not need any direct reference from the book itself. When evaluating literature, you must give a valid reason for...
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