CREATE A SIMPLE MIDTERM “ESSAY JUMPSTART” BY ANSWERING 3 (THREE) QUESTIONS BELOW.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
Read or RE-READ the Midterm Essay assignment.
You will need that information to help you choose the “3 words to characterize” in your chosen sentence.
It’s in this folder directly before this webpage.
After you’ve chosen your characteristics, and your thesis statement below, you’ll be ready to go hunt for your episodes and quotes to back it up.
THEN you’re ready to do this QA Essay Jumpstart:
1) Create a simple thesis statement for your Odyssey Essay.
2) List 3 episodes and quotes to prove your statement.
3) Practice creating a Works Cited Page.
VOILA! You have a jumpstart for writing your essay’s rough draft.
OKAY, LET’S BEGIN:
PART #1: RE-READ MIDTERM ESSAY ASSIGNMENT’S
“Character Analysis” explanation.
HOOSE A THESIS STATEMENT BELOW, ANSWERING THIS QUESTION:
Which thesis statement is most true (or most interesting) to you?
CHOOSE ONE FROM THESE 4 CHOICES. Then fill in the blanks to create your thesis sentence:
1) Odysseus is a hero, because he [enter 3 words to characterize him here] as his actions in the following adventures prove.
2) Odysseus is NOT a hero, because [enter 3 words to characterize him here] as his actions in the following adventures prove.
3) Athena is the true reason that Odysseus succeeds, because she [enter 3 words to characterize her interaction with Odysseus here] as her actions prove.
4) The “Odyssey’s” women [CHOOSE 3 of these: Athena, Circe, Calypso, Penelope, the Princess] are the reason that Odysseus succeeds in his quest, because they are [enter 1 (one) word apiece to characterize each woman], as their actions prove.
This is your practice thesis sentence for your essay.
• BE sure it is
ONLY ONE SENTENCE. (Save longer explanations for your essay’s 3 paragraphs with quotes.)
• BE SURE YOUR SENTENCE HAS
3 DISTINCT ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS, one for each of your points. (Or in the case of #4, one for each chosen woman.)
• USE WORDS FROM MIDTERM ESSAY ASSIGNMENT or come up with your own, words such as: brave, wily, proud, humble, strong, conniving, powerful, smart, resourceful, trustworthy, loyal, loving, protective, reckless, honorable, practical, bold, irresponsible, etc. You can make these
verbs, too, such as “protected” for “protective”–for example.
For examples of how to craft your sentence, let’s use a made-up piece of literature called “Wanderer” with a hero called Joe:
Sample: “The Wandering’s” women, Josephine, Stella, and Jezebel are the reason that Joe succeeds in his quest, because, Josephine is devious, Stella loves Joe, and Jezebel is clever, as their actions in their adventures prove.
Sample: Joe is not a hero in the epic poem “The Wanderer” because he’s lazy, shiftless, and stinks, as his actions in his adventures prove.
Use this sentence structure for your single thesis statement and you can’t go wrong.
PART #2: CHOOSE EPISODES AND QUOTES TO BACK UP THESIS.
What 3 episodes/books to refer to and quote to prove your thesis? We are using your required reading books/episodes listed in Week 2 Required Readings. Here is the list to save you time.
• ONLY use these sections for your 3 main points/quotes to prove your thesis. Don’t wander outside our reading selections.
Another big reminder: The Trojan War was in “The Iliad”–written before “The Odyssey.” Using an episode from it will signal to me that you have not done the required readings: Stick with the chosen required episode/books listed above for everything.
The Odyssey, Book V (Calypso)
The Odyssey, Book VI (The Princess)
The Odyssey, Book IX (Cyclops-starting at line 103)
The Odyssey, Book X (Circe-starting at line 149)
The Odyssey, Book XI (Circe)
The Odyssey, Book XIII (Athena)
The Odyssey, Books XVII-XX (the beggar at the palace)
The Odyssey, Books XXI-XXIV (revenge and reunion)
• NOTE: You can use the same episode for 2 of your points/quotes, but not for all 3. Use at least 2 different episodes/books.
• NOTE: Make sure you have 3 quotes from the above sections. After that, if you’d like to quote or refer to other places in The Odyssey beyond our chosen book/episodes, you may, if done correctly. But to pass, you must have 3 from the list above. I suggest, however, since this is a very short essay, and you need to focus on the above, please try to stay within the above. Better not to stray, for your own sake.
• NOTE: [NO BLOCK QUOTES] Essay is TOO SHORT.
• NOTE: AND NO quote over 3-4 lines long. See Works Cited QUICK GUIDE for explanation.
PART #3: A WORKS CITED PAGE
Did I remember to add a Works Cited page full textbook citation at the end?
(It’s given to you in Works Cited Quick Guide.)
FRIENDLY WARNING: If you do not get the Works Cited Page full textbook citation at end of your Odyssey essay correct–exact MLA Format-–you will lose a letter grade.
AND BE SURE TO ITALICIZE THE TITLE.
Good grades await those who work on the details.
ANSWER THOSE, AND YOU HAVE A SIMPLE BARE-BONES SKELETON ON WHICH TO BUILD YOUR ROUGH DRAFT:
Week 3 QA Essay Jumpstart
Odysseus was a hero because he is handsome, tall, and crazy, as his actions prove.
1) Odysseus shows his [INSERT CHARACTERISTIC] in Book VI.
LIST 1 DIRECT QUOTE WITH TEXT CITATION HERE: “Boy, am I handsome” (Homer 235).
2) Odysseus shows his [INSERT CHARACTERISTIC] in Book V.
LIST 1 DIRECT QUOTE WITH TEXT CITATION HERE: “Boy, am I tall” (Homer 235).
3) Odysseus shows his [INSERT CHARACTERISTIC] in Book 1V.
LIST 1 DIRECT QUOTE WITH TEXT CITATION HERE: “Boy, am I crazy” (Homer 235).
[REMEMBER TO USE PAGE NUMBER NOT LINE NUMBER to prove you are doing your own work and using our textbook. See WORKS CITED QUICK GUIDE for explanation.]
Incorrect: (Odyssey 235)
Incorrect: (Lines 1235)
Incorrect: (Homer pg 235)
Homer. “The Odyssey.” Trans. Stanley Lombardo. The Norton Anthology World Literature, Shorter Third Edition. Ed. Martin Pucher et al. Vol. 1. New York: W. W. Norton, 2013. 178-466. Print. 2 vols.