WRITING AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY by AwP113

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                                                 ESSAY OUTLINE FORMAT

         ESSAY TOPIC: This is where you write the topic your essay will be examining

              1. ESSAY TITLE

              2. INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH
                 A. HOOK: This is where you provide an opening sentence to “hook” the reader, gaining his/her interest.
                    a. Types of Hooks include interrogative, exclamatory, informative, and declarative, among others.
                 B. EXPOSITION: This is where you put the title of literature, author, genre, and background
                    information leading into central idea.
                 C. CENTRAL IDEA (sentence): This is where you write what you believe - this will be the focus of
                    your paper.
                 D. THESIS SENTENCE: This is specifically how you’re going to prove your central idea, established as
                    three points clearly indicated.

              3. BODY PARAGRPAHS (3)
                 A. TOPIC SENTENCE: topic sentence for body paragraph #1, introduced as the first point in your
                    thesis sentence
                    1. Page numbers on which specific details and quotes from the literature can be found to support this
                        topic
                 B. TOPIC SENTENCE: topic sentence for body paragraph #2, introduced as the second point in your
                    thesis sentence
                    1. Page numbers on which specific details and quotes from the literature can be found to support this
                        topic
                 C. TOPIC SENTENCE: topic sentence for body paragraph #3, introduced as the third point in your
                    thesis sentence
                    1. Page numbers on which specific details and quotes from the literature can be found to support this
                        topic

              4. CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH
                 A. Restate topic and some exposition points
                 B. Restate central idea
                 C FINAL AWARENESS / OPINION OF TOPIC


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**REMEMBER: Make your CENTRAL IDEA grow! Do not just give examples of surface ideas, but DEVELOP them
for DEEPER MEANING.

For example, in an essay on “The Necklace”, a student has decided on a central idea that M. Loisel would do all that was
within his power to please Mathilde. This is good, but make sure the rest of the essay doesn’t simply provide examples of
M. Loisel doing things for Mathilde. DEVELOPMENT and DEEP MEANING explore WHY M. Loisel is doing these
things for his wife. Merely stating examples of his actions ignores exploration of the possible concepts that M. Loisel felt
grateful to have found a wife as beautiful as Mathilde considering his relatively low social standing. Or even the opposite,
that M. Loisel was actually a man ahead of his time who did not choose to take the domain over his wife that the social
structure of 1880’s Paris allowed to men. The writer needs to be THOUGHTFUL and consider not only what is explicitly
(openly) presented, but also what is not easily recognized, to write an essay that interests and arouses potential readers.

								
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