Hook/attention grabber: start with a statement that can perk your reader’s interest.

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Literature

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I. Introduction Paragraph- has 3 main components in this order:
a. Hook/Attention Grabber: start with a statement that can perk your reader’s interest.
b. Context: Identify the author by name the title of the work you are writing about. Provide context necessary for the reader to follow your argument (e.g., who the characters are).
c. Thesis: the closing sentence of the Introduction should clearly state your interpretation, position about the literary work. It is this interpretation that you will explain in the rest of the paper.

II. Body Paragraphs – for each body paragraph, follow this model:
a. Topic Sentence – this is the first sentence of the paragraph. It clearly explains what idea the paragraph will focus on. This idea should clearly connect to / develop / support the thesis statement.
b. Analysis – this is where you explain in more detail the idea you identified in the Topic Sentence. In order to achieve this, you need to use relevant quotes from the text that speak to your point:
i. introduce the quote (e.g., who says it, what the context for the quote is)
ii. quotation (remember to document it with an in-text citation)
iii. follow-up commentary (explain to the reader what you think the quote means and how it supports your interpretation).
For a fuller analysis, use 2-3 quotes for each body paragraph. Avoid long quotes. Your commentary should be longer than the quote.
c. Concluding sentence – in a short sentence, summarize what your main idea was for this paragraph.
Repeat this model for each body paragraph. (You usually need 2-4 body paragraphs for a complete essay.)

III. Conclusion – review the main points of your interpretation. Emphasize what you think is most important about your reading of the literary text.

IV. Works Cited

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