Quick Write

You are at your funeral, or the funeral of a man you respect. They say, “He was a good man.” What does that mean?

Write for a couple of minutes on what it means to be a good man. What words come to mind?

Masculinity vs Toxic Masculinity

What is the difference?

Los Boxers” (130)

Let’s break down the story.

Characters, themes, plot points.

Thesis Statements

a short statement, usually one sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, research paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by means of examples and evidence.

A thesis is the topic of the paper and the position you are taking.

It needs to be narrow and debatable; i.e. makes a claim.

Arguable Thesis

Start with what interests you, to develop a point of analysis. You can choose a character, theme, issue, context, patterns, metaphors, authors style or language, etc. What is standing out to you and then you can develop that into a thesis.

You will be arguing that your analysis of the work is valid.

In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros is recasting traditional negative Mexican female archetypes in a positive light.

Developing Strong Thesis Statements

Work on writing a thesis statement for your essay. This is a work in progress. We will be helping each other.

Share the thesis statements and try to make them more specific.


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?