Creating an Outline
In this lesson, we’ve explored the role of the tannery and how this symbol contributes to the themes of Nectar in a Sieve. We’ve also seen how analyzing a specific point of view can help us to better understand a specific character in the story.
Now it’s time to create your own outline for an essay analyzing one of these aspects of the novel in more depth.
Assignment: Creating an Outline for Your Thesis
Your assignment is to create an outline including a thesis statement (or statements--that is, a debatable assertion or assertions) which provides an overview of how this assertion will be proven and explains why it is important. The outline should also include the three main points that pertain to that thesis statement (s), and supporting details you’ve selected from Nectar in a Sieve to prove your thesis is supportable.
For your assignment, either:
- Compose an outline that analyzes the contributions of the tannery to one of the themes ofNectar in a Sieve.
- Compose an outline that analyzes the point of view or moral dilemma of one of the characters in the story.
To complete this assignment, begin with your thesis statement. Craft a statement(s) in response to one of the assignment prompts. Make sure that this statement summarizes what you want to do, how you’ll do it, and why it’s important.
Next, return to the text. Find details that illustrate and support this statement.
Once you have your details written down, condense them within three main points. Sort your details within the bigger idea that describes them.
Focus on clarity, organization and sequence in this assignment. Make sure that your supporting details effectively illustrate and support your three main points. Next make sure that your three main points illustrate and support your thesis statement. Keep the image of the road map in your mind as you compose your outline.
Use this checklist to help you keep track of the steps. Refer to the rubric to make sure you are turning in your best work.
- Be sure to check your work’s spelling before submitting it.