INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph): tell the reader what your paper is about Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
- a way to draw the reader in
- the author
- title (underlined or italicized)
- the general statement about the literary work (sometimes)
- necessary background information about the story (very little)
- thesis statement (your opinion, main idea or focus) – this may be controversial – should be fairly broad – has a point to prove
MAIN BODY (approx. three paragraphs): these paragraphs should answer the question, “why?” Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
- specific examples to prove your point
- quotations – passages – descriptions – comparisons
- explanation of the significance of your examples in terms of your thesis statement ( in other words, analyze your examples. How do they fit in with your main point?)
- explanation of how your analysis relates to your thesis statement.
CONCLUSION (1 paragraph): Tell the reader what you told him/her and leave him/her with something to think about. Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
- your thesis restated to emphasize that you have proven your point
- a summary of your main points
- a way to leave the reader thinking about the marvelous ideas in your essay.