You can find the Novel/book here
A (( minimum of 5 scholarly sources )) plus the novel
Purpose: To prove that the book is an important piece of American Literature by explaining its
greater purpose in American society as an agent of change or greater understanding
Questions to help you arrive at a thesis:
What was one thing that really stood out to me about the novel?
What was the point the author was trying to make?
Does this point help to understand the concerns of a particular group of people at the time?
Who (what group of people) did the author want me to understand? (Think protagonist as symbolic )
What did the author want me to see as a problem that I might not have ever considered before?
Thesis needs to be bold- The author or work argues … persuades… enlightens…
Body paragraphs- think 12 paragraphs
Introduction w/ thesis at the end
Summary of the work (1 to 2 paragraphs)
Info about the author (1 to 2 paragraphs)
Summary of the historical context (1 paragraph)
Body paragraphs for argument- consider 2 to 3 main
points with 2 to 3 paragraph each
Counterargument debunked- (why might people
disagree- prove them wrong)
Works Cited page (remember in-text citations as well).
Outline be like
1. Introduction – Thesis
2. Summary of the story
3. Description of main characters
4. About the author (hint- how might this relate to his or her life?)
5. Historical context of the work (written vs. the time period action)
6. Main point 1
7. Main point 1 continued
8. Main point 2
9. Main point 2 continued
10. Main point 3