The things they carried final assessment

The things they carried final assessment

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED FINAL ASSESSMENT Personal Pronouns Never use personal pronouns (of any kind) in formal writing I , you, we , us , etc. Instead use one for I or YOU OR just eliminate I altogether (its actually redundant information) Use society, reader, or audience for you, we, us For example, The author uses imagery because he wants us to be able to imagine

what it looked and felt like to be over in Vietnam. The author uses imagery because he wants the reader to be able to or because he wants the audience to be able to . You should be able to read that passage and understand what the message the authors trying to convey. One should be able to read that passage A reader should be able to read that passage Referencing the Author Always reference the author by the last name You are not BFFs with the author, therefore, you do not have the write to reference them by their first name at ANY point in time. However, in the case of The Things They Carried, you may want to use Tim when referencing him as a character and then OBrien

when referencing him as an author This is acceptable because of the duality of his role in the novel (author and character)especially in chapters 4 and 22 when he was still Tim (pre-war) FWs. Forbidden words Dont use words like things, stuff, good or bad Use objects, ideas, thoughts, times, for generic referencing instead of THINGS or STUFF OR how about you just be specific?? Good and bad thats too vague. Use your synonyms! R means redundant or repetitive Avoid using the same phrasing over and over again try to think about how to say something similar but in a

different way Dont keep using the phrases This relates to the theme because This connects to the overall theme This supports the theme of This backs the theme of Also, dont literally rewrite your thesis exactly as it was in your intro in your conclusion. Restate it? Yes, but restate it differently. Break it into multiple sentences or change the way you word your theme. .theme! Themes are not one words or phrases. Themes are

sentences that explain what the lesson or moral of what the writer wants us to understand. These are usually universalmeaning these are themes that could be present in other works and understood by many. Themes are not summaries of what the work is about. Themes are not subjects or topics of the work as a whole Themes are the take away. After reading this passage, chapter, short story, novel, poem, etc. What does the author want me to understand?? More on theme Non-examples: love, religion, war, hate, shame, courage, fear of shame, courage vs cowardice, role of women, etc. Examples: Love can still be found in times of tragedy.

War changes people mentally, physically and emotionally. The fear of shame can motivate a person to do something that never thought they would. Courage can be found in small places. Women motivate the men to keep fighting in the war. Religion is a personal and private matter that the men often kept to themselves. MLA formatting titles and in-text citations Title: The title of the novel should be italics (The Things They Carried) The title of the chapters should be in quotations (Speaking of Courage; The Lives of the Dead In-text citations: No need for the authors last name since its all from the same

book! I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth (171). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PERIOD IS AFTER THE PARENTHESIS AND THAT THERE IS NO P. OR PG. IN FRONT OF THE PAGE # Paraphrasing? To cite or not to cite?? Thesis When writing a thesis 1. it should be the last sentence of your introduction 2. it should include both the author and title of the text your analyzing

And 3it should be ONE sentence that tells the reader EXACTLY what youre arguing and why. It should NEVER include I will be writing or You will read Transitions Good transitions can connect paragraphs and turn disconnected writing into a unified whole. Instead of treating paragraphs as separate ideas, transitions can help readers understand how paragraphs work together, reference one another, and build to a larger pointYOUR THESIS The key to producing good transitions is highlighting connections between corresponding paragraphs.

By referencing in one paragraph the relevant material from previous paragraphs, writers can develop important points for their readers. Transitions contd It is a good idea to continue one paragraph where another leaves off Picking up key phrases from the previous paragraph and highlighting them in the next can create an obvious progression for readers. Usually it only takes a few words to draw these connections Instead of writing transitions that could connect any paragraph to any other paragraph, write a transition that could only connect one specific paragraph to another specific paragraph.

Examples. Paragraph ending [ ]Once his system was applied to all acts of manual labor, Taylor assured his followers, it would bring about a restructuring not only of industry but of society, creating a utopia of perfect efficiency. Paragraph Opening with transitional cues Taylors system is still very much with us; it remains the ethic of industrial

manufacturing. [ ] Paragraph opening withouttransitional cues Taylors system is the ethic of presentday industrial manufacturing. [ ] Sample Transition Words: Chronology before, next, earlier, later, during, after, meanwhile, while, until, then, first, second Comparison

also, similarly, likewise, in the same way, in the same manner Contrast however, but, in contrast, still, yet, nevertheless, even though, although Clarity for example, for instance, in other words Continuation

and, also, moreover, additionally, furthermore, another, too Consequence as a result, therefore, for this reason, thus, consequently Conclusion in conclusion, in summary, to sum up Referencing the chapters Must reference and QUOTE from 3 different chapters Give a QUICK, BRIEF, OVERVIEW (1-2 sentence MAX)

of the chapter before diving into the analysis. VocabularyMust use 2 new vocabulary words within your essay UNDERLINE THEM!! Indefensible Elusive Poise Sullen Volition Deferment Sexist Inexpressive Fickle Quaint

Rectitude Distinction Definitive Idealized Rigged Blunder Flourish Tedious Tactical

Writing a thesis In Tim OBriens The Things They Carried Whats the topic? What does OBrien say about the topic? How does he say it? (examples, characters, chapters, lit devices)

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