Does your thesis statement deal with the story you’ve chosen?
1. At the top of a new piece of paper, write your thesis statement. Does your thesis statement deal with the story you’ve chosen? It should. Number your thesis with the Roman numeral I. 2. Under the thesis statement, write the first body paragraph’s topic sentence. Number this II. • The topic sentence should unquestionably relate directly and explicitly to your thesis or to the paragraph before it. 3. Under the topic sentence, note in bullet form all the details from the short story and your sources (it’s okay to abbreviate these details) that directly, clearly, and unmistakably prove your topic sentence. • Every single detail should explicitly prove the topic sentence or explain a previous sentence. 4. Be sure you provide appropriate MLA documentation every time you use a source’s ideas or words 5. Use five secondary sources in your paper 6. Be sure to include a Works Cited page that includes all resources used, including our textbook for the short story. 7. This paper should be at least FOUR pages without the Works Cited page. 8. Draft a thesis and make an outline. • Make sure that your focus is to prove a point that reasonable people could disagree with or that other readers of the story might not realize without reading your paper. 9. Use a less confining, rigid thesis and an organic structure that allows you to explore your ideas thoroughly. For example: i. Symbols in “The Yellow Wallpaper” represent the oppression of women in Dr. Mitchell’s rest cure and their response. ii. Topic 1: background on women’s legal status in the late 1800s iii. Topic 2: background on the rest cure iv. Topic 3: how the house symbolizes the patient’s oppression during the rest cure a. Furniture and fittings b. Wallpaper i. How the narrator’s perception of the paper changes v. Topic 4: how the narrator’s actions at the conclusion symbolize her rebellion • Note that in the organic outline above, each of the topics/subtopics could require multiple paragraphs 10. You may want to bring in your own experience or concepts from other disciplines, such as psychology, history, philosophy, sociology, or biology, which support your argument. Examining a work through one of these lenses can yield thoughtful insights. • However, the main focus of the paper must be the story you’ve chosen from the list provided.