These are training wheels. You do not (should not) need to follow this to the letter. The best essays do this implicitly, and do not follow a format blindly. Heading: Name, Due Date, Class, Teacher Title: indicates focus, is creative, unique; same font and format as rest of essay, centered Introduction Attention grabber (in order of likelihood of success): • Position statement: a stance toward the theme or topic; generalized view of the situation • Generalized commentary about the novel/play/literary work – the big picture • Question or quotation (these are most prone to being clichéd and/or boring) • Personal anecdote (make sure it’s relevant and don’t get overly sentimental or cute) Introduction of literary work and author (book/play/major work titles in italics; chapter titles, poems, articles in quotes) Transition/ lead-in to thesis Thesis: must specify the position you are taking toward the topic and indicate how you will prove that position. What will you prove as a result of comparing/contrasting the two ideas? Body Paragraphs
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