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.

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Of Mice and Men Essay

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