Chips and Salsa

Don’t you hate it when you have too much of one and not enough of the other? There has to be the appropriate amount of chips to salsa for it to work, to taste good.

Or Thinking Rhetorically.


Great Introduction

Great quotes

Great Images

Free Writing

Five minutes of free writing on whatever story you are thinking about writing on. Try to connect to the topic you are thinking about.

Five minutes writing starting with the topic and what the support is going to be.


Thematic interpretation

Close Reading

Book Review

Author Extension. Continue a story, write a new story in the style of Sandra Cisneros, Retell a story from the book.

Sample Essays

The Misfits

Loving a Broken Girl

The Hidden Complexities of Clemencia


200 – 400 Words

You can analyze a character, theme, or any of the items we will discuss in class. Pick something that interests you.

An effective proposal has a narrow focus, clear thesis, includes primary claims, and context for why you think this is important to write about. Make sure you are annotating your book as you read so that you can easily find quotes and sections to include in your analysis paper.

Questions to consider before writing your proposal:

  1. What is your topic?
  2. Why are you writing about this? Why does it interest you?
  3. Do you need to do any research to help with your analysis?
  4. What is your initial analysis for this paper?
  5. What is your original thesis?


Bring the proposal tomorrow or email it to me.