Focus: How do I effectively structure my complex ideas?
1. Warming up with musical chairs: How's my thesis? What do you think my two body paragraphs will be about? Click here for the online version of today's handout.
2. Breaking down your thesis into two body paragraphs: Two tricks
THESIS: People must reject their societies' false "truths" and embrace their individuality, showing that the human desire for truth conquers the allure of lies.
EACH TOPIC SENTENCE TAKES A PIECE OF THE THESIS AND GETS MORE SPECIFIC WITH IT.
1. First body paragraph: Sylvia from The Truman Show and Clarisse from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 inspire the protagonists to question and ultimately renounce their societies' inauthentic realities.
2. Second body paragraph: In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, The Truman Show, and Hosseini's The Kite Runner, the protagonists must pursue what makes them unique in order to build a more authentic, fulfilling reality.
What if my thesis is only making one point right now?
People must escape their repressive societies.
My trick: Turn this into a problem-solution essay, in which you dedicate one body paragraph to developing the problem and one body paragraph to developing the solution.
Repressive societies create ignorance, but escaping these societies fosters intellectual and emotional growth.
3. Finalizing your topics sentences and gathering examples; finish your entire outline by the end of class on Tuesday, April 26.
1. Outlines are due by the end of class tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26).
2. If you are presenting this week, make sure I talk to you about your presentation date.
3. Schedules are due in the counseling office on April 27 by 2:16 pm.