Use this outline to help guide you in writing your essay. Feel free to add more sentences and detail to make your essay more interesting. The sentence starters are there to help you begin your sentences, but you do not have to use them if you do not want to. Your final paper must be typed.
The words in italics may be copied as sentence starters.
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Hook or Attention Grabber:_________________________________________________________________________
Title/author and main idea of the story: (not the plot! Notice the word idea- That means you will identify a noun or nouns that tell what the story is about!)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper is about ____________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________Supporting sentences (How is the character you will be writing about interesting?): One character that stands out in the story is _______________ because____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Thesis statement (What your essay is about. Include three characteristics or traits): This character can be described as ________________________________________________________________________________________________
(The underlined part of the paragraph is the HOOK. The next bold sentence tells what the story is about; the next larger font sentence tells how the character stands out, and the last italicized sentence is the THESIS statement)
Have you ever felt like you were judged by the way you look and dress?The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a story about a boy named Ponyboy and his friends who are constantly getting in trouble and being judged for being “greasers” . Ponyboy is an interesting character because he is different from his friends, but gets caught up in gang conflicts. There are many examples in The Outsiders showing Ponyboy to be loyal, brave and sensitive. Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4: Body Paragraphs (CLAIM, DATA, COMMENTARY) 1. First Description: (CLAIM) ___________ ( your character choice) can be described as ____________________for many reasons.
Example(DATA) One example _______________________________________________________________________
Quote: (MORE DATA)On page ______ it says___________________________________________________________
Concluding sentence: From these examples, it is clear that_________________________________________ Same as before Claim, Data, Commentary.
2. Second Description: This character can also be described as____________________________________
Example: This is apparent when___________________________________________________________________
Quote: On page ______ it says ( whenever you see “quote” you must copy a quote directly from the novel to use for support) “____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________”
(Now EXPLAIN IT)
Commentary: This shows that____________________________________________________________________
Example: Another example ________________________________________________________________________
Quote: On page ____ it says________________________________________________________________________
(Now EXPLAIN IT)
Commentary: This means_________________________________________________________________________
Concluding sentence: As you can see______________________________________________________________
Same as before Claim, Data, Commentary.
3. Third Description: The final and most important description of _________________________________is
Concluding sentence: So it is clear that____________________________________________________________
Body Paragraph Example: Notice the quotes used and notice how the writer EXPLAINS each quote and how the quote SUPPORTS his idea that in this instance, Ponyboy is being described as being loyal.
Ponyboy can be described as being loyal. For example, Ponyboy considers Johnny, Dallas, Two-bit and Steve to being like family and when it was time for the Socs and the Greasers to fight during the rumble, Ponyboy refused to stay home even though he doesn’t really like to fight. On page 133 it says, “Right then the most important thing in my life was helping whip the Socs.” This shows that Ponyboy will help defend his gang even when it means doing things he doesn’t want to do. Another example is when the gang, including Ponyboy, tried to help Dally when he robbed the grocery story. On page 153 it says, “’It was Dally. He phoned from a booth. He’s just robbed a grocery store and cops are after him.’…We all left in at a dead run…” Therefore, Ponyboy was loyal to Dally even when he committed a serious crime. From both these examples it is clear that Ponyboy is loyal to everyone in his gang.
Paragraphs 5: Conclusion BE SURE TO INCLUDE A WORLDLY VIEW ABOUT LIFE OR HUMAN NATURE)
Restate the Thesis Statement: In the novel The Dark is Rising , ____________________can be described as_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Restate Description 1: One example of ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Restate Description 2: This character can also be described as ______________________________ when _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Restate Description 3:Finally, this character can also be considered _________________________ when ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Concluding Statement (Wrap up your ideas, connecting your paper to life or human nature): ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Conclusion Example: In the novel, The Outsiders, Ponyboy can be described as being loyal, brave, and sensitive. One of example of Ponyboy being loyal is when he joined the gang fight to beat the Socs. Ponyboy can also be described as being brave, especially when he saved the children from the burning church. Finally, Ponyboy can also be described as being sensitive when he takes the time to notice sunsets. Overall, Ponyboy is an interesting character because he stands out from the other characters in the novel The Outsiders.