Both of the blog post paragraphs you must complete this summer should follow this general format, which will prepare you for writing body paragraphs in Honors-level essays. Each of the posts will have specific requirements for its topical content, but this is how you should structure a response:
1. TOPIC SENTENCE: The first sentence of a body paragraph should state a thesis point that you're going to defend with argument and evidence from the primary text (the main work you're writing about).
2. INTRODUCE EVIDENCE: In a sentence or two, lay out what the reader needs to know to understand the first example you're going to discuss. Always assume your audience knows the plot of the novel, so don't go overboard here.
3. TEXTUAL EVIDENCE: Provide a quotation from the primary text which supports your viewpoint. It must be part of a sentence and have a proper MLA citation, like this - Bradbury presents Mildred as devoid of ambition, as evidenced by her statement, "XXXXXXXX" (Bradbury #).
4. REPEAT STEPS TWO AND THREE FOR ANOTHER PIECE OF TEXTUAL EVIDENCE.
5. CLOSING COMMENTARY ON HOW THE TEXTUAL EVIDENCE PROVES YOUR POINT: The most important part of the paragraph. Now that you're laid out an idea and connected it to two quotations from the text, what do you want readers to take away from that connection? What have you shown us within the words that we might not otherwise have seen, thereby increasing our comprehension of the novel's themes or potential interpretations? The final line in particular should, if possible, echo the opening line.
NOTE: A body paragraph of this sort is no less than 8 sentences!
Mr. Justin Biggs