Writing Assignment 2 Outline Week 8



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7/8 Grade Grammar & Literature



Writing Assignment 2 Outline Week 8

October 17, 2014


CHOOSING A TOPIC

This will be a compare and contrast essay on Henry V. You will compare and contrast two people, places, things, or ideas from Henry V. Or, you may compare and contrast something from Henry V with something similar from Don Quixote. Keep in mind the things you are comparing and/or contrasting should have similarities at some level. (For example, one could write a compare and contrast paper on apples and oranges, but not an apples and a house. Applied to Henry V, you wouldn't write an essay comparing Henry to the country of France.)


STEP 1: Consider the following ideas:
The French army at Agincourt versus the English army at Agincourt
The character of Henry V versus the character of Don Quixote
Pistol's perspective on the war versus Henry V's perspective on the war
The French Dauphin's perspective on the war versus Henry V's perspective on the war
Captain Fluellen versus Captain Macmorris
Henry V versus Katherine
STEP 2: If you have any of your own ideas for a compare and contrast essay, jot them down here:
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STEP 3: Now circle or highlight the one of all the above ideas (either one provided or that you've written) on which you will write your paper.

GENERATING IDEAS:

STEP 4: Write one of the things you will compare and contrast in the left blank, the other in the right. From here on, we'll refer to those things as Item #1 and Item #2. The circle beneath each thing to be compared and contrasted should only contain information that is true of that thing.

STEP 5: Where the circles overlap, jot down ways the items are similar, and in the parts of the circles that do not overlap, jot down ways they are different. This diagram is called a Venn Diagram.

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STEP 6: Circle or highlight the similarities and differences above that you think will make for the most interesting explanations.

STEP 7: Will you focus on the two things being alike or being different... or will it be a mixture? ______________________________
THESIS
On a compare and contrast essay, your thesis statement should say more than just "This thing is similar to that thing" or "This thing is different from that thing." Instead, think of an interesting or compelling statement that will make the reader keep going to see how you prove the point. You thesis should address the issues for which you will explain the similarities and differences in your paper.
For example, if you were writing a compare and contrast paper on Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, a strong thesis would be, "While Don Quixote and Sancho Panza differ in their social status and their imagined statuses, they are surprisingly similar in their intellect." With that thesis statement, what parts of the two people will you expect to be covered in the essay? (Answer: Their worldly statuses, their imagined statuses, and their intellects.)
STEP 7: Keeping in mind the topics you circled or highlighted in the Venn Diagram on the previous page, write your thesis statement here:
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STEP 8: Read the example outline comparing and contrasting Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on the following pages.

OUTLINE EXAMPLE
There are a few possible ways to organize a compare and contrast paper, but for this assignment we will do the way that is easiest to keep track of as you write and read the essay--the point by point method. The organization structure will look like this:
I. Intro Paragraph:

A. Catchy lead (See the catchy lead handout from Writing Assignment 1)

(Some clip of a funny conversation between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza?)



B. Transition from the lead to the thesis:

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza have a faithful but absurd friendship.



C. Thesis: While Don Quixote and Sancho Panza differ in their social status and their imagined statuses, they are surprisingly similar in their intellect.

II. First body paragraph:

A. State the first aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different in regard to this aspect. These two central characters' social statuses are quite different.

B. Discuss the first aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.

Don Quixote lives as a gentleman. (I'll discuss that the title itself was important in society whether or not he had much actual wealth.)



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(I'll reference the beginning of the first chapter where it points out his title and belongings.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

Even if he hasn't used his accumulated wealth practically, he holds the gentleman's title all the same.



NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the first aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.

Sancho Panza is a lowly peasant. (I'll discuss that at that time one generally couldn't rise from the level of peasant.)



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(Reference where Sancho Panza is introduced and why he was willing to go with DQ.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

Sancho Panza may not have gone along with Don Quixote if he weren't stuck in such a pathetic life situation.



D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the next body paragraph.

The different outlooks that Don Quixote and Sancho Panza bring from these social statuses make them an interesting pair.




III. Second body paragraph:

A. State the second aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different.

Not only are Don Quixote and Sancho Panza distinct in their socially recognized statuses, but also they play different roles in their imagined knightly realm.



B. Discuss the second aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.

Don Quixote, for his part, imagines himself a great knight.



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(I'll reference his introducing himself to the peasant whipping the servant.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

Obviously, Don Quixote has a high opinion of his make-believe status.



NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the second aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.

Sancho Panza, on the other hand, contents himself with the imagined position of squire.



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(I'll reference his delight with the squire life as he eats on his donkey.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

Certainly Sancho Panza fits well into his squire role.



D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the next body paragraph.

Don Quixote's lofty idealism of his imagined self and Sancho Panza's more practical fancied station offset each other perfectly.



III. OPTIONAL - Third body paragraph:

A. State the third aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different.

Although Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are strikingly different socially and in their imaginary world, they are not so different in their intellectual ability.



B. Discuss the third aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.

Don Quixote has lost touch with reality, becoming mentally incapable of seeing things as they are. Instead, in his mind, every commonplace event transforms into a knight's challenge.



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(I'll reference the traveling friars whom he sees as enchanters.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

No one in their right mind would derail the poor friars with such force as does our hero.



NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the third aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.

By Don Quixote's side rides Sancho Panza, equally eager to dive into fanciful world of knighthood, though he has read no books on which to blame his mental instability.



b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

(Reference where Sancho Panza tries to take the loot from the fallen friar.)



c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

Clearly, Sancho Panza truly believes that the friar's belongings rightfully belong to him since Don Quixote's reality has so completely seized the friar.



D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the conclusion.

Knight and squire sally forward together, frighteningly and equally out of their wits.



IV. Conclusion:

A. Summarize the points you've covered.

Since Don Quixote and Sancho Panza hold completely different statuses in the real and imagined worlds, the reader is delightfully astonished by what knits them together--this common insanity.



B. Restate the thesis.

Within the text we gladly uncover that gentleman and peasant, or rather knight and squire, are actually just two hopelessly mad friends.



C. With what insights should the reader walk away having read this essay?

Any friendship must have differences that keep the relationship lively and similarities that insure it lasts. For Don Quixote, the differences in social class make their friendship interesting, the distinctions in the knightly realm make their relationship hilarious, but their common saturation in absurdity unite them in a strong bond to face together the self-imposed adversities ahead.


OUTLINE - YOUR TURN


STEP 9: Write your outline in one of the following ways: You may turn in either this sheet with the blanks filled in or a typed outline following the same structure as below. Do your best to fill in every blank with an idea (except for body paragraph #3 if you have no body paragraph #3) even if you're not quite sure of the idea yet. I will accept a missing blank or two.
I. Intro Paragraph:

A. Catchy lead (See the catchy lead handout from Writing Assignment 1)
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B. Transition from the lead to the thesis.

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C. Thesis
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II. First body paragraph:

A. State the first aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different in regard to this aspect.
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B. Discuss the first aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.

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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.

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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.

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NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the first aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.
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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.
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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.
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D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the next body paragraph.
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III. Second body paragraph:

A. State the second aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different.
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B. Discuss the second aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.
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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.
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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.
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NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the second aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.
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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.
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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.
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D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the next body paragraph.
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III. OPTIONAL - Third body paragraph:

A. State the third aspect (from your Venn Diagram), specifying whether the items are similar or different.
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B. Discuss the third aspect in relation to Item #1.

a. State how Item #1 is similar or different in this aspect.
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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.
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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.
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NOTE: If the items contrast in this aspect, you may start a new paragraph here.

C. Discuss the third aspect in relation to Item #2.

a. State how Item #2 is similar or different in this aspect.
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b. Give an example of how this trait is shown in the text.
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c. Clarify how the example relates to the trait.
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D. Summarize the similarity or difference again before moving on to the conclusion.
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IV. Conclusion:

A. Summarize the points you've covered.
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B. Restate the thesis.
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C. With what insights should the reader walk away having read this essay?
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