Essay 6: Central Idea, Setting, Language, & Tone (4-5 pages) 

Essay 6: Central Idea, Setting, Language, & Tone (4-5 pages)
•    Start by generating interest. Do this by telling a story, presenting an unexpected fact, sharing a quote, asking a question (that you intend to answer), relating your topic to recent news, relating your topic to you personally, or giving background information. Whichever you choose, make sure it directly relates to your topic.
•    Then in no more than 3-5 sentences, identify the title and author of the story, with the title enclosed in quotation marks, and write a summary of the story in chronological order. Do not go into detail or analyze in the summary; simply highlight the events of the story that are most salient to your argument.
•    Spend 1-3 sentences explaining the author’s purpose in telling the story: What is the central idea or the main point? This should be a general statement about people, society, human nature, etc., that is derived from specific events in the story. It’s a generalization from the story that reflects the author’s vision of the world.
•    Present your thesis in three point structure so that it provides a blueprint for the rest of your essay.
•    In your body, you will incorporate the element of tone. After completing the above steps, define the story’s tone with one to three words which describe the author’s attitude toward the protagonist and subject of the story. Discuss the tone of a story by first defining the mood of the story in one to three words and then examining how the tone is created; elements of language will almost certainly be involved in this examination. Additionally, the discussion should include how setting affects understanding of tone.
•    The connection between tone and central idea should be examined also.
•    Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence.
•    You should then present the evidence that supports your point by quoting from one or more of your sources, and then explain in your own words what the quote means and how it supports your claim.
•    End each body paragraph with a transition into the next topic.
•    Start your conclusion by reasserting your primary claim.
•    Broaden your scope to connect your argument to your reader and answer the question of “so what?”
•    Go out with a quote, prediction, invitation, or challenge. Remember, “If you can’t imagine dropping the mic after the final sentence of your essay, then your conclusion needs to be stronger.”
Source Requirement:
•    one primary source (i.e., one text from the syllabus that we have already studied in class that you have chosen for analysis)
•    two academic secondary sources (e.g., journal articles from JSTOR)
•    one general secondary source (e.g., one relevant and credible source selected from the open internet)
However, it is important to know that Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Wikis are not appropriate sources for a college-level essay. Sites like SparkNotes and Shmoop are not appropriate because they provide summary and analysis which is what you are expected to do on your own in these papers. These sites are fine to use for the purpose of refreshing your memory on what a character’s name was, but their treatment of the material is often superficial, misleading, incomplete, or inaccurate.
Also, note that e.g. means “for example,” so your general secondary source is not limited to the internet alone. However, i.e. means “that is,” so your primary source is limited to the syllabus.
NOTE: You must choose a different text from the syllabus for each essay. You may not write about the same text more than once. You may not write about a text that is not on the syllabus.

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