Outsiders Essay Response to Literature (theme) by ikx10651

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									                                                                    Name ______________________
                Outsiders Essay: Response to Literature (theme)
    Write an essay about one central theme or message of The Outsiders. Include in your discussion of
the theme an explanation of how Ponyboy’s growth as a character helps to reveal the theme. Back up
your argument with evidence (3 direct quotes) from the novel.
I. Introduction
        a. Hook (It should draw people into reading your paper; however, it should be a general
        statement about life because you can’t assume readers have read the book.)
        _______________________________________________________________________
        _______________________________________________________________________
       b. Author’s name: ____________________________
       c. Genre: ___________________________________
       d. Title of novel (italics): _________________________________________
       e. Short summary of novel: ________________________________________________
       _______________________________________________________________________
       _______________________________________________________________________
       f. Thesis (theme):
       ________________      _____________ that ____________________________________.
       Author’s name          Powerful verb                  Theme

       Example: S.E. Hinton argues that family is the most important force in one’s life.
       (Examples of powerful verbs: illustrates, demonstrates, argues, persuades readers, etc…)

       g. Intro of Evidence for Body You will use these as your topic sent. for each body ¶.
Subpoints:    #1 _______________________________________________________________
              #2 _______________________________________________________________
              #3 _______________________________________________________________
II. Body
   Paragraph #1
       a. Topic Sentence (restate evidence #1 here)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       b. Summarize Quote (who/where/when/what/why) _________________________________
       b. Quotation _________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       c. Author’s last name and pg # in parentheses _____________________________________
       d. Commentary (explain meaning or quote and connection to thesis—restate theme)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
Paragraph #2
       a. Topic Sentence (restate evidence #2 here)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       b. Summarize Quote (who/where/when/what/why) _________________________________
       b. Quotation _________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       c. Author’s last name and pg # in parentheses _____________________________________
       d. Commentary (explain meaning or quote and connection to thesis—restate theme)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________


  Paragraph #3
       a. Topic Sentence (restate evidence #3 here)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       b. Summarize Quote (who/where/when/what/why) _________________________________
       b. Quotation _________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       c. Author’s last name and pg # in parentheses _____________________________________
       d. Commentary (explain meaning or quote and connection to thesis—restate theme)
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________


III. Conclusion
       a. Restatement of thesis (theme) _________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       b. Restatement of three subpoints _______________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________________
       c. How can you offer an interesting observation? It may be something related to your
       argument that you did not fit into the body of your essay. It may be a quotation (which
       doesn’t have to be from your novel) that sums up your ideas. Be creative. You are
       creating an “end hook.” Or you can connect it back to your hook in the intro.
       *Remember to include how Ponyboy has grown/changed.
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