1. Paragraph Structure
Topic Sentence - the first sentence of your paragraph. This will
·key words from the question
·give an indication what you will be writing about
·why it is relevant to the question.
Statement - a point you want to make about the text.
Quotation - something from the text which backs your point up.
Explanation - the analysis needed to show how the evidence
backs up your point.
2. Lego-brick Topic Sentences
(one of many options)
Glaspell uses stage direction to introduce her theme of gender conflict.
3. Lego-brick Topic Sentences
(another of many options)
Throughout the play, Glaspell explores the idea of conflicting loyalties.
This does not need to be complicated.
This will lead up to your quote.
It will add some more detail to the idea introduced in the topic sentence.
It does not have to explain anything.
As the play opens, Glaspell suggests some hostility by
having the men and women stand apart.
Blend these into your essay.
Explain the context.
You do not have to explain anything.
6. Extracts from the stage directions.
'The SHERIFF and HALE are men in middle life, the
COUNTY ATTORNEY is a young man; all are much
bundled up and go at once to the stove.'
'The women have come in slowly, and stand close
together near the door.'
The stage directions describe how the women '... come in
slowly, and stand close together near the door...' while the
men 'are much bundled up and go at once to the stove'.
You're on your own! ;-)
There is no formula for these; simply explain how the quote
justifies the statement you made.
Sometimes this may feel like stating the obvious. This is O.K.
8. More Statements
You can have more that one SQA portion in a paragraph. (It is positively
recommended). It's nice to tweak the subsequent statements so they link
Glaspell continues her exploration of the idea ...
The playwright makes further use of ....
In addition, Glaspell emphasises ...
Later in the play, Glaspell returns to the theme of...