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Read and break down (re-write in your own words) the prompt below. Next, identify which elements of the sample introduction are its hook, summary, bridge, and thesis. Remember the definitions of each of these introduction components: 1. Hook - Several sentences to grab the reader's attention and pull them into the topic of the essay. This may take the form of an anecdote (story) or a funnel (starting with a broad statement, fact, etc. and narrowing down to the specific topic). 2. Summary - Two sentences or so to summarize the prompt or the text being addressed. 3. Bridge - One to two sentences to connect your hook and summary to your thesis. It tells the reader which position on an issue you will be taking, or it narrows down the prompt to set up the thesis statement. 4. Thesis - The LAST sentence in an introduction, this statement should only be ONE sentence in length and should restate the prompt, state your central idea (argument), and provide three supports (reasons for your position). Prompt: The school board plans to add one and a half hours to school each day. Do you agree or disagree with extending the school day? Use specific details and examples to convince the school board to accept your position. Sample Introduction: Kaia has a lot to balance in her life. Between school, babysitting, sports, chores, and friends, it's a wonder she has time to sleep. Most days, she relies on sugary sodas to keep her going, and she wishes she had time to simply take a breath. The school board is planning on adding one and a half hours to school each day. Some people are for it because it would add more time for learning, and some are against it because it would cut into students' free time. If the school day gets any longer, teenagers won't be able to function. The school board should not make the school days longer because students won't have enough time to play sports, to have after school jobs, and to get enough rest.
Prompt re-write: Should school be an hour and a half longer each day or should it remain the same? Give three reasons why or why not. Labeling introduction elements: 1. Hook - Kaia has a lot to balance in her life. Between school, babysitting, sports, chores, and friends, it's a wonder she has time to sleep. Most days, she relies on sugary sodas to keep her going, and she wishes she had time to simply take a breath. 2. Summary - The school board is planning on adding one and a half hours to school each day. Some people are for it because it would add more time for learning, and some are against it because it would cut into students' free time. 3. Bridge - If the school day gets any longer, teenagers won't be able to function. 4. Thesis - The school board should not make the school days longer because students won't have enough time to play sports, to have after school jobs, and to get enough rest.
The job of every literary analysis paper is to show... 1. HOW a specific detail of the story affects... 2. the MEANING of the story as a whole and... 3. WHY the reader should care (what understanding would he or she miss out on if that reader didn't notice that detail / how it functions in the text as a whole). Furthermore, a strong thesis in such a paper will make an argument, will be focused and specific, and will be based on strong textual evidence. The thesis statements below (analyzing the fairytale "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm) are ranked as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3, with 1 being the weakest thesis and 3 being the strongest. Provide an justification for why each thesis statement earned its particular ranking. Level 1: "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm uses symbolic colors such as red, black, and white. Level 2: In "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White embodies the symbolic colors of red, black, and white, representing sexuality, power, and innocence. Level 3: The Brothers Grimm character Snow White acts as a warning to adolescent girls approaching womanhood. By using symbolic colors such as red, black, and white to describe Snow White, Grimm demonstrates how a young girl's sexuality and power are often at war with the innocent role she is expected to play in society.
The first thesis statement is Level 1 because it's very broad / general, and it's almost impossible to disagree with. A thesis statement needs to go beyond summary, but this thesis fails to do that. No one can argue that those colors do not appear in the story in connection with Snow White (i.e.part of her namesake curse). The second thesis statement is Level 2 because it is much more specific than the first, but it is still not particularly argumentative. It does not address the thesis requirement of showing WHY those details affect the meaning of the story. The third thesis is the strongest because it is specific AND argumentative. It connects the archetypal symbols to a real-life consequences, therefore showing the significance of the symbols in the narrative.
Analyze Mary Shelley's use of light and fire in the following scene. Consider that light can illuminate truth or understanding. What truth does the Creature learn here? Why might it be significant that his first act of violence / destruction is through fire? "Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? [...] But again, when I reflected that they had spurned and deserted me, anger returned, a rage of anger; and, unable to injure anything human, I turned my fury towards inanimate objects. [...] I lighted the dry branch of a tree and danced with fury around the devoted cottage [...] and with a loud scream I fired the straw [...] The wind fanned the fire, and the cottage was quickly enveloped by the flames, which clung to it and licked it with their forked and destroying tongues" (Shelley 123).
The painful truth the Creature learns is that people are cruel. Even though the De Laceys are kind to each other, they are unfeeling and mean to the monster. Fire is a force of nature, and, like fire, the creature's destruction can't be stopped until his rage burns out on its own.
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