Thematic Statement Essay – English 9 Honors

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Happy Friday, Jags!

You have an essay to write over this long weekend! Yay!

Yesterday, we read and analyzed John Updike’s poem, “Ex-Basketball Player,” and you made a list of abstract subjects/topics that can be stretched into a thematic statement. Then, as homework, you read “Death in the Dust” and made another list of abstract subjects/topics that can be stretched into a thematic statement.

Today, you are to compare the two lists of subjects to come up with a common thematic statement for “Ex-Basketball Player,” “Death in the Dust,” and Of Mice and Men. Then, you will write an essay explaining how all three texts have the same theme. 

Slide12Use the thematic statement as your thesis statement for your essay. It should this template: The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the article “Death in the Dust” by John Steinbeck, and the poem Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike all present the idea that topic/subject observation about the topic/subject qualifying clause

Make sure you have an introduction, a conclusion, and more than one body paragraph to support your thesis statement.

I highly suggest you use three body paragraphs, one for each text. I also highly suggest you use the eleven-sentence paragraph format for your body paragraphs.

The final draft is due in class on Tuesday, January 19th.

Happy writing!

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