2 Choosing a topicChoose from any of the stories that we have read so farConsider that you are setting out to prove something about thiswill need to identify 3 character traits,discuss and analyze those traits,and then come to some conclusion about the character based on the analysis of the traits.
3 Writing the essay Characters to choose from… “Paul’s Case” “Barn Burning”Abner SnopesSartoris “Sarty” Snopes“A Worn Path”Phoenix Jackson“A Jury of Her Peers”Mrs. Peters (the sheriff’s wife)Mrs. Hale (the farmer’s wife)Mrs. Minnie Foster Wright (the killer)Mr. John Wright (the dead guy)
4 Paragraph 1: The Introduction Follow ANTA: Attention grabberConsider using a quotation from the story or a line of a song lyric that reminds you of that characterN: Necessary informationAuthor’s full name, title of the story, brief plot summaryT: ThesisYour thesis should consist of a topic and limiting ideas. It should NEVER be a question. It should be the last sentence of the intro paragraph.Thesis should make clear what characteristics you are writing on a what they add to the story.
5 Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4: Body Body Paragraphs should follow TIQAT T: Topic SentenceEx: Sarty’s fear of his father keeps him loyal to the family for much of the story, despite the fact that he knows his father is breaking the law.I: Introduce QuoteGive some context to the quoteWho’s speaking?What are the circumstances?Q: QuoteProvide a quote that supports the topic sentenceA: AnalysisAfter the quote, spend two or three sentences discussing how this quote proves that the character displays this traitT: TransitionUs a sentence to transition into a SECOND quote for supportAfter 2nd quote, provide context and analysis. Then transition to next paragraph
6 Paragraph 5: The Conclusion Reword your thesisTie all three character traits togetherTell the reader the significance or importance of the ideas you have been analyzingClincher: Try to end the paper with a short sentence that reinforces your argumentMaybe include words from attention grabber or title to give closure to your paper
7 Analyzing Character Traits Consider the following when analyzing your characterAppearance and NameList the direct characterization of the character’s appearance. Then analyze how the appearance helps to develop the characterActionsList actions of the character. Then analyze how those actions define the character.SpeechList some relevant dialogue that helps to define your character
8 Analyzing Character Traits Thoughts and FeelingsList thoughts and feelings of character and determine how these define the characterChoicesList the choices made by your character. These reveal the character’s value and self conceptPast/BiographyExamine family history or past experiences of characterCommentsWhat do other character’s say about your character? What does that reveal?