I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
1. Many characters change and redeem themselves throughout the book. Which character changes the most? Explain 3 ways he/she changes and redeems himself/herself from the beginning of the book to the end of the book.
2. According to Mr. Tushman, “The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-though these things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you have touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success” (299). Using this definition and specific examples from the text, explain which 3 characters demonstrated the most success during the school year.
3. Choose one of Mr. Browne’s precepts, and explain what it means. Using specific details from the text, explain which character best exemplifies this precept.
Introduction – begin broad – get more specific
Body – The “meat” of the essay. Goes into depth about your three main reasons listed in your thesis statement. One reason per paragraph
Conclusion – begin by restating your thesis, then get more broad
It does look like a piece of candy – the substance is inside (body), but we need to be enticed to eat it (introduction), and we certainly don’t just leave the wrapper out and open on the table or ground. We have to wrap it up and truly finish it (conclusion).
Example: Jack Will is the character who redeems himself the most by asking for forgiveness, standing up for his friend, and modeling tolerance for other students at Beecher Prep.
ARGUMENT + REASONS = THESIS
Writing a Thesis is NOT…
A fact or observation – August is a 5th grade boy who starts a new school and has many problems.
An announcement – In this paper I will explain how Jack Will redeems himself when he asks Auggie for forgiveness.
Too broad – Many of the characters demonstrated redemption so it is difficult to choose just one.
A universal truth or theme – To err is human but the real test of character is the act of redemption or atoning for a mistake.
One can only imagine what goes through the mind of a soldier as he falls from the sky watching the wreckage of his plane burn a break away. In the book The Last Mission by Harry Mazer, the reader can have an idea of what it is like to take that terrible plunge. In this book, the reader can watch the story of Jack Raab unfold as a crew member of a bomber during the last years of WWII. The reader can follow Jack from his home in New York City to the site of his crash in Slovakia. Young teens should read The Last Mission because it is informative, exciting and interesting.