Essay on The Contender, by Robert Lipsyte.
Write an essay describing Alfred as a true contender. Show at least two ways in which he
proves to himself and others that he has reached his goal of being somebody special.
1. To organize and pre-write, do the following:
A. Define what it means to be a contender. Take a direct quote from Mr.
Donatelli (include page number), and interpret what this means to Alfred.
Write a thesis statement about how Alfred fits the definition of a true
contender at the end of the story. Include the title, author, and genre
(novel) in the introduction.
B. Go through the novel to find at least two strong examples of Alfred’s
journey toward becoming a true contender. Take direct quotes to add
detail and validity to your essay. With this information, write at least two
supporting paragraphs to prove your thesis.
C. Describe how Alfred’s life has a new direction at the end of the novel.
What is this direction? How does this show him to be a contender?
2. Write your first draft. You may follow this outline:
A contender is “insert quote” according to Mr. Donatelli in the novel
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte (insert page number). What this means to
Alfred Brooks is that he must ______________________________________.
By the end of the story Alfred does become a contender. He shows this when
he ________________________ and when he ____________________.
Alfred first shows he is a contender when he (restate the first example).
Give details and quotes from the novel to support your topic sentence.
Another time that Alfred shows he is a contender is when he (restate the
second example). Give details and quotes from the novel to support your topic
By the end of the novel, Alfred has fulfilled what it means to be a
contender. He uses his new confidence and pride to build a new life for himself
and to help others. He plans to _____________. Make a closing statement to
conclude the essay.
3. Proofread the essay for mechanics and content. Make sure:
Your verb tense is consistent.
The quotes are properly formatted with page numbers in
parenthesis at the end of the sentence.