Sample Outline for Essay #2
Requirements for your outline:
1) Thesis statement must be written out in a complete sentence and express an idea, about what the author is arguing in his or her story.
2) Topic sentences must be written out in complete sentences and express ideas, not facts, about the poem.
3) Use 2-3 quotes or examples from the story in each of your body paragraphs about the author’s I Say.
4) Be sure to use each of your secondary sources (the articles from your research) at least once. Be sure to indicate the author’s name and the page number so I can recognize these as secondary sources.
5) Be sure you discuss how the author’s I Say is reflected in 3-4 aspects of the story (setting, point of view, figurative language and imagery, symbolism, tone, diction, structure).
- Author and title of the story you are writing about.
- Thesis: What is the author’s I Say? (you could also add your I Say if you’d like, and especially if it is different from the author’s).
- What is the They Say for this story?
- What is motivating the author? What important idea or historical or cultural events is the author addressing?
- What are (or were)people saying?
- What are other ways people have viewed this important idea?
III. What is the author’s thesis (theme)? What position does the author take about this important idea?
- What elements are used to support that theme? How does the author use elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, diction, point of view, setting, tone, or structure to convey his or her opinion on this important idea? Discuss at least 3-4 elements of the story.
VIII. What do you say? What is your own opinion?
- Conclusion. Why does it matter?p(6)
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