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Revising Your Essay

  1. 1. Revising Your Essay Character Analysis
  2. 2. Instructions <ul><li>Have your essay open in a new window </li></ul><ul><li>As you watch this video </li></ul><ul><li>Stop and make revisions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Revising the Document Format <ul><li>MLA Format </li></ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Stop and Revise your essay </li></ul>
  4. 4. Your Introduction <ul><li>Must have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title and author of story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A short summary of the story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stop and Revise your essay </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blueprint for your thesis <ul><li>In [Title of Work], [Author] uses [Literary Element(s)] to show/reveal [Theme, historical context, cultural value or tradition] . </li></ul><ul><li>In &quot;The Lottery,&quot; Shirley Jackson uses irony to show the insidious nature of society's need to find a scapegoat. </li></ul>
  6. 6. In other words . . . <ul><li>illustrate </li></ul><ul><li>present </li></ul><ul><li>disclose </li></ul><ul><li>explain </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>expound </li></ul><ul><li>divulge </li></ul><ul><li>point out </li></ul><ul><li>make clear </li></ul><ul><li>verify </li></ul><ul><li>guide </li></ul><ul><li>confirm </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In [Author's Name Possessive] [Title of Work], [Literary Element] shows/reveals [Theme, historical context, cultural value/tradition]. </li></ul><ul><li>In Shirley Jackson's &quot;The Lottery,&quot; the symbolism of the black box shows the oppression and entrapment of meaningless rituals and social tradition. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Body Paragraph <ul><li>Each paragraph must have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One idea which is elaborated on and supported </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence, details, examples from the story to prove your point of view or argument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation, explanation or clarification of each detail and how it proves what you are saying </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Body Paragraph <ul><li>Let’s look at one paragraph </li></ul>
  10. 10. Body Paragraph – Literary Present <ul><li>Now look at your sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you discuss the story and its events in present or past tense? </li></ul><ul><li>You MUST use the literary present. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Stories are always happening… </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Find your details. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Body Paragraph <ul><li>Read your paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>In one sentence write out what the main idea of the paragraph is. </li></ul><ul><li>What is it that you are trying to prove or argue about your character? </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Write out the sentence. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Body Paragraph Revisons <ul><li>Do you have that sentence in your paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>If not then make sure to add it into the paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>You can place it at the beginning so that you know what your paragraph is supposed to be “about.” </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>add your sentence to your paragraph. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Body Paragraph -- Development <ul><li>Now let’s look at your details. </li></ul><ul><li>How many details do you have in each paragraph? You should have 3 or more to really prove what you are saying. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that details are specifics from the story. </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Find your details. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Body Paragraph -- Development <ul><li>For each detail, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you put it in your own words? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you used a quote, is in as part of a sentence rather than a complete sentence? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you used a quote, do you only quote the MOST important part of the sentence, the part that SHOWS what you are trying to get at? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you used a quote, do you have a parenthetical citation? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STOP and Revise your details. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Body Paragraph -- Development <ul><li>Now let’s look at your interpretations. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you explain what each detail means and how it fits into the “main idea” of your paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>You MUST include discussion of each detail. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Body Paragraph -- Development <ul><li>To help you develop interpretation answer the following questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How does this example prove what I am trying to say? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is this example important? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does this example show about the character and his/her actions, motivations, thoughts, relations with others, growth, etc.? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember that the reader may not “see” what you see, so must explain how you arrived at a particular view of what this detail means. </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>ADD Development for each Detail. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Other Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Now go use the slider below the video, go back to slide 7 and do the same thing for each paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember each paragraph must use the literary present tense. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>This paragraph should reiterate your thesis but not in the same words. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, it should connect the ideas in your essay with life/people in general. </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Revise. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Revisiting THESIS <ul><li>Now go back to your thesis in your introduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Is that REALLY what you are arguing? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need to revise it so that it better fits what you have written in your paragraphs? </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Revise. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Documentation <ul><li>This refers to giving credit where you used materials of others. </li></ul><ul><li>You must have the following: </li></ul>
  21. 21. Documentation <ul><li>Title and author in introduction </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Revise. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Documentation <ul><li>Parenthetical citations for quotes </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Revise. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Documentation <ul><li>Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>STOP and </li></ul><ul><li>Revise. </li></ul>

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