“Write a 500-word description of the many ways that autism presents itself in Christopher Boone’s daily life.
What we want to do is continue practicing with the form of a literary essay. You’ve read the novel and responded to the issue of autism. Now we need to take things to the next level. This means you may have to adjust your essay, rearrange things, fix errors, reword things, add things or remove things.
Tuesday – Friday of week one…
Today we want to make sure that your work has these major elements. The task for today is to refine these things.
- An introduction clearly stating the main idea (thesis) of the essay. This is also called a “claim”, because you are claiming something about the story. Everything you write about should relate back to this. If it does not relate, it does not belong. Sure-fired ways to begin the intro are with a question, a quote (from the book or from elsewhere), a shocker/attention grabber, or a very short anecdote or observation, or the thesis statement itself. A strong introduction intrigues the reader and makes them want to continue.
- A body consisting of three paragraphs. Each paragraph needs a reason to exist. A purpose. Each paragraph should be about something that supports your thesis. A body paragraph needs a topic sentence which usually appears at the beginning of the paragraph (but does not have to). when discussing the story itself, present tense is used.
- A conclusion. This should recap the major points you shared in the body paragraphs. Strong conclusions often have a connection to the introduction, like similar wording or a repeated or revisited idea.
Other items discussed Week one.:
- using Haddon’s name
- having a title and a heading with your name and class section
- underlining the title of the book when you use it
- indented paragraphs (avoid the big gaps between paragraphs)
- Lots of specific concrete details
- Avoiding “you”, “I”, or opinions of the book.
- using quotes from the book to support the claims you make about Christopher Boone.
- adding needed transition words (like first, secondly, next, finally, last, thus, therefore, however, for example, on the other hand, nevertheless, in addition, consequently, despite this, conversely)
Revise your work according to rubric guidelines. Have this revision for Friday week one. Printed, stapled with rubric attached, 100% ready for collection when class begins.