Choose ONE of the following ideas for your response…
- Make an arguable claim about Chris McCandless and support it with evidence from Into the Wild.
- Make an arguable claim about Tim Treadwell and support it with evidence from Grizzly Man.
Your claims (which will serve as main ideas/thesis statements) should be based around the concept of tragedy. Your overall claim is your thesis and it must be something arguable about either Chris or Timothy, as opposed to something obvious from the plots.
Body paragraphs in these responses will follow the analytical paragraph style. Every word should work toward proving the topic sentence, and every topic sentence should work toward proving the thesis. The final product will be no more than three pages long. 1.5 or 2.0 spaced, 12 point. Times or Arial.
- MONDAY – Talk about final tragedy essay response (dealing with ITW or Gman), isolate your thesis and start constructing topic sentences.
- TUESDAY – Submit an outline with 1) complete introduction containing the thesis highlighted, bold or otherwise indicated clearly 2) topic sentences for at least three body paragraphs. Writing remainder of time.
- WEDNESDAY – Day set aside for writing. Bring earbuds/ear goggles if needed.
- THURSDAY – Peer edit day. Finished draft printed and ready to read. Show up empty handed or with anything less than a readable complete draft and it costs you 3 points.
- FRIDAY – Submit writing response + your annotated copy of Into the Wild.
Remember how to start an essay? A quote, a bold attention getter, a rhetorical question, a definition, an observation or anecdote, or the thesis statement itself.
This is the rubric–> Essay rubric – ITW + Gman
Your analytical paragraphs have EIGHT (8) elements. This is the checklist used. All 8 elements = 8 points.
- Topic sentence (given above) _____
- Introducing the evidence and building context ______
- First direct evidence ______
- Analysis/commentary on first evidence _____
- Transition and introduction of second evidence _____
- Second direct evidence _____
- Analysis/commentary on second evidence_____
- Concluding sentence_____