Organizing a Theme Essay Body Paragraphs – 3 or more required Begin with a transition –word or phrase



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Organizing a Theme Essay
Body Paragraphs – 3 or more required


  • Begin with a transition –word or phrase

  • Topic Sentence – state the main idea of the paragraph and relate to claim.

  • Prong 1 - Introduce the First Piece of Evidence – broadly explains your first reason and connects to claim. Set the scene for what happens in this part of the story where you are getting your evidence.




Connection to Claim - comments on and explains the importance of the detail (explains why you chose the evidence – why it it’s important to the essay

Connection to Claimoptional comments


  • Prong 2 - Introduce a Second Piece of Evidence - broadly explains your first reason and connects to thesis

  • Example - provide evidence from the text to prove your support is true

Connection to Claim- comments on and explains the importance of the detail (explains why you chose the evidence – why it it’s important to the essay

Connection to Claim – optional comments

  • Closing Sentence – Wrap up and connect to the topic sentence


Introduction Paragraph


  • Broad Observation: Start off broad to hook your reader your reader, rather than jumping right into the topic. Notice something about people in the world that connects to the literary work and continue, making a comment about the connection.

  • To bring immediate focus to your subject, you may want to use a quotation, a provocative question, a personal anecdote, a startling statement, or a combination of these.

  • Text Reference: You need to include the title of the work of literature and the name of the author

  • Plot Summary/Background: briefly provide the most significant event(s) in the story that are necessary for your reader t understand the position you are taking.

  • Claim or Thesis Statement: the theory you have decided to turn into a claim to prove. This should be disputable. In other words, others could have a different interpretation of the story’s meaning.

  • Mention of Evidence: how you will prove the claim; what type of content you will use. (significant moments, character’s actions, the story’s conflict(s), characterization, a symbol, figurative language, or quotes)


Conclusion Paragraph

SAMPLE INTRODUCTION:


People talk about "random acts of kindness." These are rare in our world today. Sometimes, though, you see the trust between people through their acts of kindness like a stranger giving a compliment or a teacher helping a student pick up his books. In the short story, Thank You, Ma'am," Roger gets a random act of kindness from Mrs. Jones. Her compassionate act of taking him home and getting to know him showed Roger the power of kindness and trust. The author, Langston Hughes, teaches the importance of having kindness and trust in our world.

Introduction
Broad Observation___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Story Background___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Text_____________________________________________________________________________Author__________________________________________________________________________

Claim(thesis)/Theme Statement________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


CLAIM FOR PAPER:

BODY PARAGRAPH #____1____

Topic Sentence (Make sure that it fits with the claim you’re making about theme):

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Introduction to evidence (set the scene for what is happening in this part of the story where you are getting your evidence):
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Evidence (direct quote, significant story moment, character observation, or author’s decision to use figurative language, characterization, or a symbol)

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Your commentary (comments) about the evidence:
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Prong 2 - Introduction to Evidence related to the topic sentence

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Evidence_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your comments about the evidence:

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Closing sentence (restate your topic sentence in a different way):

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CLAIM FOR PAPER:

BODY PARAGRAPH #____2____

Topic Sentence (Make sure that it fits with the claim you’re making about theme):

_______________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________

Introduction to evidence (set the scene for what is happening in this part of the story where you are getting your evidence):
_______________________________________________________________________________
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Evidence (direct quote, significant story moment, character observation, or author’s decision to use figurative language, characterization, or a symbol)

_______________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________
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Your comments about the evidence:
_______________________________________________________________________________
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Prong 2 - Introduction to Evidence related to the topic sentence

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Evidence_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your comments about the evidence:

_______________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________

Closing sentence (restate your topic sentence in a different way):

_______________________________________________________________________________


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CLAIM FOR PAPER:

BODY PARAGRAPH #____3____

Topic Sentence (Make sure that it fits with the claim you’re making about theme):

_______________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________

Introduction to evidence (set the scene for what is happening in this part of the story where you are getting your evidence):
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________

Evidence (direct quote, significant story moment, character observation, or author’s decision to use figurative language, characterization, or a symbol)

_______________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________

Your comments about the evidence:
_______________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________
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Prong 2 - Introduction to Evidence related to the topic sentence

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Evidence_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your comments about the evidence:

_______________________________________________________________________________


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Closing sentence (restate your topic sentence in a different way):

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Conclusion


Strong transition___________________________________________________

Restatement of claim/thesis in a different way

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Reconnect to the reader and wrap up – Give the reader something to ponder, an application to their life, or emphasize your most significant point.

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