State a short, clear 3-sentence summary of the story; include only the major events that relate to the theme
(GREEN) Use 1 sentence to tell the theme ( author’s message or lesson) of the story (your thesis statement)
State your interpretation of (Infer!)the story’s message as it applies to everyday life
(YELLOW/ concrete details):Support your interpretation with 2 specific TEXTUAL examples (details & events); use at least one direct quotation
Explain HOW these textual examples show /prove the story’s message; use your own personal experience & knowledge (& possibly other related reading) to help explain how the supporting story examples & details suggest the message
Sum up the textual details/references in a NEW WAY, and state how they support your interpretation of the theme ( be SURE you connect to & talk about the thesis/message as you stated it in Paragraph #1 !!!
DO NOT just retell the story!!
Organize essay around the theme/central idea (thesis) with a logical presentation of the 2 supporting details from the story that are clearly explained and connected to the thesis/message!