What will you seek to illustrate or prove in your essay?

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For this journal entry, you will provide a specific discussion of your critical essay topic on Louise Erdrich’s : The Roundhouse”. It would be helpful for you to first do a preliminary outline of your essay. That will provide some of the information requested here. Your entry should provide the following specific information:
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1) What is the topic of your essay? Do not just quote the prompt! Prompts are suggestions. What exactly are you going to write about? What will you seek to illustrate or prove in your essay?
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2.) Provide a statement of your preliminary thesis assertion. Review the handout on how to write a critical essay. Your thesis should be analytical, NOT narrative. In other words, your thesis is Not a statement of fact, thus this is NOT an analytical thesis: “When he is 13, Joe Coutts’ mother Geraldine is raped.” INSTEAD, your thesis is your assertion about OR interpretation of the author’s intent and the significance of the facts — what do you think they illustrate or mean? You will then support your thesis with evidence from the novel, as you have done in your journal entries.
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3.) List 2 specific points you will make to support your thesis. This will be equivalent to the major supporting points you make in an outline: I and II OR I and III, etc. Within the essay, these points could serve as topic sentences.
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4.) List two specific examples from the text AND two specific quotes that you will use to support your thesis.
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This entry should be 3-4 paragraphs in length.

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