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English 9. To Kill a Mockingbird. March 13-14: Chapters 8-9. Beginning the Essay. Creation of the Introduction.
Transcript of English 9. To Kill a Mockingbird. March 13-14: Chapters 8-9. Beginning the Essay. Creation of the Introduction.
Watch the video about “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Then, summarize the story in one sentence.
Deconstructing the Thesis
As we move throughout the novel it is important for us to begin developing ideas on how we are going to talk about the archetypes we see in our main characters.
Remember: for this quarter's writing project, you must identify which archetypes one character fits, and provide examples to support how he/she fills those roles.
For example, we could just talk about how Atticus often fit the "mother" archetype because of the way that he tries to provide comfort and support to his two children, Jem and Scout.
First of all, you all are going to do a notes Follow-Along, to get an idea of the break down of an introductory paragraph and a thesis. So, here we go!
I. An Introductory Paragraph is the first paragraph in your essay it's purpose is to...
A. Introduce the topic of the essay.
B. Introduce the content that will be discussed in the essay.
C. Introduce your opinion on the content and the topic of the essay.
II. Your Introductory Paragraph
has three parts:
A. The introduction of the essay's topic.
B. A short overview of the topic's main features.
C. Your answer (or opinion) to the main topic of discussion. .
This is also known as your Thesis statement, which is defined as the following:
an unproved statement
Your Introductory Paragraph should do these things:
1.Tell the reader what the subject is (in this case, character archetypes in To Kill a Mockingbird)
2. Give your UNPROVED opinion on the subject (in this case, which archetype roles you believe your character in question fits into..
So, let's look at an example
Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," is a complex novel dealing the issues of race and family in the South during the Jim Crow era. In the story, many characters fulfill different roles, known as archetype roles. Although there are many characters filling many different roles, one character, Scout (Jean-Louise Finch) fills several of them. Because of the way that she interacts with other characters in the story, Scout can be seen filling several different roles: the child, the maiden, and the best friend..
This thesis fits into the 2 main parts.
This part clearly lays out a thesis. It is an opinion, which is unproven. It doesn't try to explain itself. It simply lays out what the author believes to be true about the issues in the story, based on his view.
On your Follow Along sheet
create 1 parapgraph which creates an introductory
paragraph in the same manner as the one above, but which answers the following question:
In an essay, explain how one character in To Kill a Mockingbird fits into one of the 12 character archetypes.
Read chapter 15. Complete at least 3 character influences on your influences sheet. Be prepared to share an answer next class.
Page 73: After the fire is over, how does Miss Maudie feel about the destruction of her house? What does this tell you about her character and values?
Page 76: This is the first mention of Atticus’ defense of Tom Robinson. Scout asks why. What is Atticus’ reasoning for defending Tom Robinson? What does he mean when he says, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win”? This speaks to a major theme in the novel. What is it?