I. Original Thesis Statement on Gatsby using a literary theory
-Your thesis should make a thematic point about The Great Gatsby using any of the following literary lenses:
(Freudian/Lacanian Psychoanalysis; Feminism/Queer Theory/Post-Colonialism; Structuralism/Archetypes)
-For now you are writing about Gatsby, and only Gatsby; focus your thesis on something key to the novel.
-Introduction (Set up thesis)
-4 to 6 body paragraphs
-2 quotations per body paragraph
-At least 1 secondary source on Gatsby
-Conclusion (So what?)
III. Writing Process:
-After outlining, write a general draft of the essay, identifying areas where you might need more quotes.
-Put this on Google Docs and share it with me and three classmates.
-Have three classmates read it and make CONTENT suggestions (only correct obvious mistakes!)
-Write your full draft of the essay, revising it according to suggestions and research.
(-Lastly, get ready to expand the essay into a research paper during 4th marking period!)
-CONTENT: Unpack your textual evidence closely and carefully.
-EXPRESSION: Make sure you structure your sentences around active verbs.
-OVERALL STRUCTURE: Make sure your body paragraphs are in some logical order.
-OVERALL PAPER: Aim to leave the reader with a clearly-formed interpretation of the work.
Mr. Justin Biggs