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“Amigo Brothers” Plot Analysis Essay Guide
Use the guide below to help you guide your rough draft. THE ITALICIZED sentences are ones you can/should use (copy) into your essay. You may write notes below to brain storm, then begin your rough draft on lined paper.
Introduction Paragraph: (3-5 sentences)
Thesis: Piri Thomas’ story “Amigo Brothers” is a story about ___________________________

(pick either: friendship, self-challenge, or competition).


Examples can be found in Felix and Antonio’s actions during their many conflicts within the story.
(List the three areas/conflicts of the story and their page # you will use to explain your thesis)


  1. ____________________________________________________________________________




  1. ____________________________________________________________________________




  1. ____________________________________________________________________________


Felix and Antonio’s actions during keys points in the story show the reader that conflict is necessary to (insert thesis area here: friendship/challenge one-self/win a competition)
Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic A

Thomas first introduces the idea of (Thesis topic) in the scene where ______ (list the scene named as A above. Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen
Paragraph 3 (4-6 sentences): Topic B

Another example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where _____(list the scene named as B above.

Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen

Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic C

A final example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where _____ (list the scene named as C above.

Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen


Conclusion: Restatement of thesis and wrap-up (2-4 sentences)
The idea of (thesis topic) is easily seen in Thomas Piri’s story “Amigo Brothers.” The many scenes including (List your three conflict areas), are just a few examples of this. Thomas’ story is definitely a story that (add your personal thought or feeling about the story WITHOUT using “I” to end your essay)

TIPS for writing:


When writing your rough draft, remember to:


  • Indent for every new paragraph

  • Skip an extra space between paragraphs

  • ALWAYS write in the THIRD PERSON

  • Read it back to yourself aloud to see if it makes sense

  • Keep your mind on your main idea (the thesis) and try not to drift

  • Watch your spelling –use CUPS

  • Remember to focus on actions/plot/conflicts and not on character traits

  • Put Italics “ “ around any sentences you take directly from the text with the page number after it. Example: “It’s the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.” (p. 17)






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