Due Electronically before class: Essay #2
Team Change and Game
Vocabulary Test: (Chapters 5-9)
Discussion: Ngo and Toufexis
Essay #3: The Concept Essay
In-Class Writing: Consider topics for your essay from The
Hunger Games. Make a list of four different possibilities.
Write paragraphs for two of them, sketching out what you
already know about the concept. Think of at least one
example for each from HG.
The Game: NEW TEAMS TODAY
• With your new team, discuss the words on the
next slide for five or so minutes and prepare to
You have 15 minutes
The Concept Essay
It Still Exists”
Get into groups of
three or four to
essay and answer
Take 10 minutes
• First, briefly summarize the story
• What is the concept about which Ngo writes?
• Which extended anecdote does Ngo use to help explain the concept
to his readers?
• What is his thesis?
• How does he classify his concept?
• How does he define his concept?
• Find examples of each his classified concepts.
Brief Summary and
Thesis and classification
Survival: Vietnamese boat
Ate people as they died
on the boat
Dietary: Miyanmin (both types
Eats their own dead and
Religious/Ritual: African tribe
of the Bimin-Kuskusmin
Eat parts of genitalia to
Survival: Japanese troops’
supply lines cut
people to feed troops
Dietary: Leopard people;
and South American Tribes
To honor those held in
sacrifice slaves and
Ngo has written a
Use this essay as a model for you
Toufexis “ Love: The
Get back into
Take 10 Minutes to
First, summarize the story.
How does Toufexis “Hook the Reader”?
How does Toufexis focus her plan?
How does she create a logical plan?
Hooking the reader
Hooking the Reader
What does Toufexis do to catch
The title—”Love: The Right Chemistry”
The epigraph quoting Greta Garbo’s line
from the film Ninotchka.
The conversational tone of the essay
Using “O.K.” and “Let’s” rather than the
more formal “let us.”
Focusing the Plan
Focusing the Plan
What She Does What She Does Not Do
She focuses on certain
scientific aspects of
romantic love, specifically
the evolutionary biology
and neurochemistry of love
between adult human
By keeping to her focus,
she is able to present
information that is
unfamiliar, and therefore
interesting, to her readers.
Because she wants to
emphasize love as a tool to
promote reproduction, she
does NOT include same-
sex love, or nonsexual love
between friends and family
She does NOT discuss
views on love by various
religions or cultures.
A logical plan
A Logical Plan
She provides clues for the reader
Introduction of Concept: Paragraph 1: She announces that she is writing
about “romantic love,” a concept that she will address with “scientific
Thesis: Paragraph 2: What seems on the surface to be irrational, intoxicated
behavior is in fact part of nature’s master strategy—a vital force that has
helped humans survive, thrive, and multiply through thousands of years”
Forecast: In paragraph two: “Love rests firmly on the foundations of
evolution, biology, and chemistry.”
Toufexis also uses transitions to let the readers know when she is leaving
one topic and going to another: here is the transition from biology to
The Concept Essay
Topic: Write an essay
about a concept from The
Hunger Games that
interests you and that you
want to study further. When
you have a good
understanding of the
concept you have chosen,
explain it to your readers,
considering carefully what
they might already know
about it and how your
essay might add to what
In-Class Essay #3
100 points possible
You may use a page of
You must have a Dictionary
or other defining source and
at least two quotations that
exemplify your concept from
The Hunger Games.
Consider topics for your essay
from The Hunger Games.
Make a list of four different
Write paragraphs for two of them,
sketching out what you already know
about the concept..
Read: HG through chapter 19; SMG 148-
Post #8 Finish and post your in-class
writing; then, find a good definition for your
concept. It can be from a dictionary or an
Post #9: Name the two concepts about
which you wrote paragraphs. Find a few
lines from The Hunger Games that
illustrate each concept. Copy them into
your post, and then explain how the
example demonstrates, defines, or
embodies the concept. (include page
Bring: SMG to Class
Study: Vocabulary 10-13