1. Warming up: Celebrating a few fantastic thesis statements
GriffinESeptember 29, 2014 at 7:19 AM
2. Using the Ms. Leclaire three-step process to writing the thesis statement:
Please write out these steps on your summary-response document.
Step 1: Find your best annotation/journal entry about the topic you've chosen.
Step 2: How does Steinbeck use this topic (power, women, etc) to make an argument about a bigger idea?
Step 3: Based on Steps 1 and 2, what is Steinbeck telling us about human nature or society?
3. Writing your thesis by drawing together the steps above
Sample successful thesis statements from the last few years:
The rabbit's disappearance in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men represents how easily human weakness destroys dreams.
In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Candy's missing hand is a symbol of the incomplete, deficient life of the migrant worker during the Great Depression.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie is an eloquent example of how someone's past dictates whether they will prevail or fail in adverse situations.
John Steinbeck in Of Mice and Men illustrates that even in the Great Depression, trust, understanding, and love are the source of true power.
4. Composing your summary
1. Finish composing your paragraph of summary and your rough thesis statement. They need to be ready to go for editing first thing tomorrow.
2. Find three specific quotations from the text (use those annotations and journal entries) that support your thesis. List them, along with their page numbers, right on your summary-response document.
3. Independent reading