Unformatted text preview: Columbine Comparison and Analysis Essay Intro: (Insert spicy topic sentence. Can be an anecdote: personal, political, literary, movies, tv
shows, poems, video games, people)
Thesis: At the end of the intro, avoid saying “the author uses” or any synonym of “uses” David
Cullen’s exclusive usage of diction and repetition creates a distinct tone of each boy in order to
help his readers reach a conclusion about the boys and what they did.
Rhetorical Tools: Diction (word choice), Syntax (sentence structure), Tone, Repetition
Body 1: Diction (love v. hate)
Body 2: Tone (pity v. manipulative)
Body 3: Repetition (dylan looked up to eric,
Quotes: avoid summarizing, “unpack”, explain, analyze. What is the purpose? Why did the
author chose to do this?
Blending Quotes: In their youth, the adults of today’s society had also developed a strong
recognition of gender roles, which are “sets of personality traits that distinguish males and
Conclusion: Repeat intro, tie back to anecdote. Rephrase thesis.
AVOID: In the book “Columbine” by David Cullen, the word “uses” or any synonyms, “since
the beginning of time” or anything like that, generalizations, fallacies (if you can’t prove it, don’t
say it), summary, not explaining quotes, quotes that are too long, keep emotions out of it, use
your ENTIRE time during timed write. ...
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