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Of Mice and Men Essay


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A reminder about how to put together an essay, focussed particularly on the essay assigned during the Of Mice and Men unit.

A reminder about how to put together an essay, focussed particularly on the essay assigned during the Of Mice and Men unit.

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  • 1. An essay EEK! How do I make one of those?
  • 2. Brainstorming and Searching
    • Come up with your ideas – the meat of your thinking.
      • Do it first – this will tell you whether you have enough material to write the essay
    • Track through the book and find the details and QUOTES you need
      • Just like those research papers you did last year
      • It’s too hard to think of details when you’re trying to think about making a good sentence.
  • 3. Searching with a Purpose
    • Know your topic sentences BEFORE you begin writing the essay.
    • It’s most helpful to know the topic sentences’ ideas even before you search for quotes
      • Then, when you search, you have a purpose – a goal
  • 4. The Thesis
    • Make sure you mention the important information in your thesis
      • The thesis answers the question of the essay
      • It also mentions the character
    • Write it before you begin your essay.
      • You can rework it later to make it blend with the rest of your introduction.
      • Doing it before helps you focus your introduction.
  • 5. Introduction
    • Begins with an attention-grabber
      • A startling statement
      • A small story (anecdote)
      • A quote
      • A fact
      • An interesting observation
    • Focuses attention from attention grabber to thesis (a transition)
      • MUST mention book’s title and author in it
    • Last sentence of introduction is thesis
  • 6. Supporting Paragraphs
    • Each one begins with a topic sentence
      • The topic sentences state the main idea of the paragraphs.
      • They also help make the transition from the paragraphs before them.
      • A topic sentence makes a claim – it does NOT summarize the plot !!!
    • Filled with details related to the topic sentence - that support/defend the claim
    • Finishes with a clincher statement, leaving reader with a reminder of the paragraph’s point
  • 7. Topic Sentence Makes a Claim
    • A topic sentence makes a claim – it does NOT summarize the plot !!!
    • Possible topic sentence:
      • The boss has a commanding presence.
      • Makes a statement that needs to be defended with plot details
    • NOT topic sentence
      • The boss’s entrance changed Candy’s demeanor immediately.
      • This is plot summary – the claim needs to be obvious and stated explicitly for the T.Sent.
  • 8. Referencing the text
    • Must cite the text accurately and properly in text
      • This means you’ll need the page numbers
      • You’ll also need direct quotes
    • How this is formatted will be a lesson on another day
  • 9. Concluding Paragraph
    • Always begins with the thesis statement
      • Can be worded slightly differently than the first time
      • Go ahead – cut and paste it in the conclusion
    • Reminds reader about the main points
      • This is often a recasting of the clincher sentences
    • Leaves reader with a thought to ponder
      • This is the final statement of the essay
      • Works well if this relates to the attention grabber at the beginning