10th Grade English A

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1st draft of Alice Walker Essay Assignment due: Tuesday, October 15

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Everyday Use essay assignment

Write an analytic essay entitled “What is the moral of Alice Walker’s story Everyday Use?”  To be successful, this essay will be an argument in which you explain and defend your thesis that you establish in your introductory paragraph.  A successful thesis will be one that communicates a central idea of the text, and has three vehicles to support and flesh out this idea.  See your “Thesis Brainstorm handout” to guide your through writing a thesis.  

How to write your essay

The structure consists of an introduction, several body paragraphs (three is a reliable number), and a conclusion.  As in any argument, your body paragraphs should present three different pieces of evidence (vehicles) that support your central claim. 

USE TRANSITION WORDS BETWEEN BODY PARAGRAPHS.  “Firstly, secondly and thirdly” are better than no transitions at all. Transitions that draw contrasts or expand on points or sequence are still better (“However, Furthermore, Next”).  See the reverse of this handout for  a list of transition words. 

THE MOST LOGICAL WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR BODY PARAGRAPHS IS TO FOLLOW THE ORDER OF EVENTS IN THE STORY.

USE OF QUOTATION MAKES ANY ESSAY STRONGER.

Finally, your conclusion should restate your thesis in a new way and end with a “clincher,” or final thought that makes the reader believe that are an expert on this text.