Example of a writing prompt using TEPAC: What life lessons does author Maya Angelou explore in this excerpt from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”?
T (Topic Sentence/claim) The narrative “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, by Maya Angelou, illustrates the positive impact one person can have on another.
E (Evidence) For example, on page 34, Angelou refers to Mrs. Flowers as “her lifeline” and the true “measure of what a human being can be.”
P (Paraphrase evidence) Angelou believes that Mrs. Flowers saved her life figuratively by making her feel important and noticed. She feels that in the future any person she meets will be measured by the kindness shown to her by Mrs. Flowers.
A (Analysis of evidence) Based on this example, I infer Mrs. Flowers came into Marguerite’s life at a time when she was feeling alone, depressed and withdrawn. She feels Mrs. Flowers’s kindness and attention gave her the confidence to move forward with her goals and dreams.
C (Connection to claim) In summary, Maya Angelou clearly shows that Mrs. Flowers was the one person who positively impacted her at this crucial time in her life. The author conveys how simple acts of kindness can have a lasting effect.