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Five Paragraph Essay Topic Choices: The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros.

Due Dates: Rough Draft Due: Monday, 08 Dec. 2014

Final Draft Due: Monday, 15 Dec. 2014

*Take Note: Rough Drafts will not be accepted late for credit, as they will be worked on (peer-review) in class. Final drafts will be penalized 10% per day late.

**Rough Draft grade will appear on 2nd quarter grade and the Final Draft will appear as the 1st major assignment for the 3rd quarter.
Essay Format and Requirements
1. Five paragraph:

a. Introductory paragraph with clearly stated thesis statement/topic sentence.

Three body paragraphs, each with its own topic. Concluding paragraph.

b. Each paragraph must be well formed and thoughtfully composed. Each

paragraph should be no less than six (6) well composed sentences.
2. Three (3) direct quotations properly cited MLA format: At least one direct quotation per body paragraph. This includes proper MLA punctuation.

a. Remember, your direct quotations must not create your paragraph, your

interpretation and analysis must make up the majority of your paragraphs, the

direct quotations are used only as support for your thesis.

b. Each paragraph must have only one topic, meaning that if you choose motifs

within the novel, each body paragraph must only be speaking of a single motif.


3. Properly formatted Works Cited page for any and all sources used.
4. All essays must be typed, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, and Double Spaced! **No hand-written essays will be accepted—they will be returned to the student and accepted as late when resubmitted typed.
5. Heading: Name, Class, Date, and Topic Choice in the upper right corner of your essay-The heading is the only portion of your essay that is single spaced.
Example:

Mr. Jeffy

05 Dec. 2014

Topic Choice: Motifs

Rough Draft #`1 (or Final Draft)

6. No Contractions, unless used in a direct quotation. Any and all contractions will be counted as spelling errors: (it’s, doesn’t, can’t, won’t, etc. and etc.).


Topic Choices: Choose One: All topics must have a clearly stated topic/thesis that is well supported throughout the essay. You may not simply write an essay on poetic devices, motifs, etc.—you must state and support, throughout the essay, a clear topic/thesis that relates directly to the analysis of the novel.


  1. The theme of identity and/or home within the novel. Each body paragraph must present a topic of its own and they must all relate back to and support the thesis in the introductory paragraph.




  1.  Where or from whom does Esperanza learn to be who she is? For this topic, you must focus on the different forms of characterization (flat, round, minor, major, dynamic, etc.) Each body paragraph must present a topic of its own and they must all relate back to and support the thesis in the introductory paragraph.

3. Esperanza as a dynamic character: for this topic choice, you could (perhaps) focus on her dynamic transition from a selfish and immature individual to a selfless and altruistic individual. You could include the people, places, and experiences that help create this dynamic transition. Each body paragraph must present a topic of its own and they must all relate back to and support the thesis in the introductory paragraph.


4. The role of women within the novel: for this topic choice, you could (perhaps) contrast Esperanza and the other women within the novel. You could also focus on the motif of windows for this topic. Each body paragraph must present a topic of its own and they must all relate back to and support the thesis in the introductory paragraph.
5. Motifs within the novel (each paragraph may only have one motif, unless you are comparing and contrasting the color motifs of “home”). Each body paragraph must present a topic of its own and they must all relate back to and support the thesis in the introductory paragraph.


  1. *If there is another topic that you want to write on, you may see me with a written proposal. Any topic not listed, but be approved and signed by me (Mr. Jeffy).


Words of Advice:

  1. Please see me or contact me as soon as you realize that you are confused. If you have been doing your study guides properly, as asked, this essay is already written within your answers, it is now a matter of putting them together.

  2. Do not procrastinate on this essay, as it will be graded with the utmost scrutiny, for if you have been paying attention in class and doing your study guides, as asked, your essay should be composed of high-level comprehension and expression.

  3. Writing is expression, express yourself to the highest degree.


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