What you need to have in your Thematic Single Paragraph Essay:
The Anatomy of this essay
Sentence 1: Thematic Introductory statement. (See appropriate PowerPoint)
Sentence 2: Restate the prompt (essay question), including the author’s name and the story name.
(and maybe 4): Background for the story. Keep this simple, not a book report or exhaustive detail.
Sentence 5: Thesis sentence. (This is what you plan to prove)
– 12 (or more): 3 Pieces of clear evidence, including 1 direct quote, and after each piece of evidence you
should have a clear explanation that makes that evidence make sense.
(or more): Evalutation statement, which makes a conclusion. Not a restated thesis.
(or more): Summary sentence, which returns to your thesis assertion. (See PowerPoint)
(or more): Zinger/Clincher. This should complete the circle with your thematic statement, and
leave the reader thinking about your argument.
Don’t forget to give page numbers for evidence that isn’t a direct quote.