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ENGLISH 1-2 CP - Piorek

Conflict and Theme Essay Prompt



DUE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th (In-Class and on


“The Sniper” “The Interlopers” “The Most Dangerous Game” “The Scarlet Ibis” “The Necklace”
Choose one of the above short stories and respond to the writing prompt below.
WRITING PROMPT: One of the main methods that an author uses to express a specific message in a work of fiction is through the use of conflict in a story. A character usually learns an important lesson by going through an experience of conflict, and this can reveal to the reader an important message about life (theme). In an insightful, well-written five-paragraph essay, explore the author’s use of internal conflict and external conflict to convey a universal theme in the story. You must also discuss a separate literary element (setting, irony, symbol, etc.) and discuss its specific relationship to a conflict in the story that allows the author to convey the identified theme.
Introduction Paragraph: Begin your essay with an introduction that introduces your ideas and the story that you will be discussing. Conclude this paragraph with a well-written and focused thesis statement that identifies the use of conflict in the story, the additional literary element you will discuss, and a thematic statement (theme).
1st Body Paragraph: Identify and analyze a specific example of external conflict in the story and explain how it helps to reveal the author’s message (theme).
2nd Body Paragraph: Identify and analyze a specific example of internal conflict in the story and explain how it helps to reveal the author’s message (theme).
3rd Body Paragraph: Identify the use of another literary element (i.e. setting, irony, symbol) and discuss its relationship to the conflict in the story. Explain how this relationship helps to reveal the author’s message (theme).
Conclusion Paragraph: End with a paragraph that concludes your main argument by restating your thesis

and supporting arguments.

FORMAT REQUIREMENTS: Essay must be typed, 12pt. Times New Roman Font, and in proper

MLA format.


- Introduction paragraph ends with a well-written and focused thesis statement that presents the main

argument of the essay and incorporates how the writer will support this argument.

  • Each body paragraph will begin with a topic sentence that makes a statement, which the rest of the paragraph will work to support.

  • Topic sentences work to support the argument presented in the thesis statement.

  • Each paragraph will include relevant pieces of textual evidence directly quoted from the text that support the argument of the paragraph. Textual evidence will be cited in proper MLA format.

  • Analysis follows textual evidence to explain how the excerpt from the text supports the writer’s argument.

  • The writer displays an accurate understanding of the idea of a theme in a literary work.

- The writer responds accurately to assigned prompt.


Literary Response and Analysis

3.3 Analyze interactions between main and subordinate characters in a literary text (e.g., internal and external conflicts, motivations, relationships, influences) and explain the way those interactions affect the plot. 3.5 Compare works that express a universal theme and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work.


1.1 Establish a controlling impression or coherent thesis that conveys a clear and distinctive perspective on the subject and maintain a consistent tone and focus throughout the piece of writing. 1.9 Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of the context. 2.2 Write responses to literature:

a. Demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of the significant ideas of literary works. b. Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references to the text or to other works. c. Demonstrate awareness of the author’s use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created. d. Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the text.

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