Outline American Literature

@ choose a topic

@  The American Dream lecture in Week 1 points out that Poor Richard’s Almanac was an annual publication that included calendar lists, home recipes, weather forecasts etc. What made Franklin’s almanac unlike other almanacs was the inclusion of Franklin’s witty parables and humorous writings.  Franklin proposes in “The Way to Wealth” that anyone who works hard, avoids debt, and works toward attaining a virtuous character can be successful and ultimately wealthy—that the American Dream is accessible to all.

@ Watch either The Color Purple or The Great Gatsby (locate the films using Netflix, Amazon, or your local library) and argue why or why not Franklin’s assertions are correct. Provide examples from the film and your own explanations to support your assertions.

You will have two choices for your thesis statement:

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is incorrect because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs).

As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is correct because _________, ___________, and _________ (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs).

Creating an Outline for Option 1

Instructions: Write complete sentences to fill in the items below.

Introduction:

Introduction:

· Establish the topic

· Identify the film you are analyzing

· End with a clear thesis statement

 

 
Thesis Statement (fill in the blanks on the right): As is evident in the film The Color Purple (or The Great Gatsby), Franklin’s assertion that the American Dream is available to all people is (correct / incorrect) because (point 1), (point 2), and (point 3) (you will determine three points in support of your thesis, and those will become the topics of your three body paragraphs).

 

Body Paragraphs: This is where you will develop each of the points in your thesis statement.

Body Paragraph 1: Elaborate on the first point in your thesis statement Topic Sentence:

 

Detail 1:

 

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Concluding Sentence:

 

Quote(s) you will use to support this point:

 

Body Paragraph 2: Elaborate on the second point in your thesis statement Topic Sentence:

 

Detail 1:

 

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Detail 3:

 

Concluding Sentence:

 

Quote(s) you will use to support this point:

 

 

Body Paragraph 3: Elaborate on the third point in your thesis statement Topic Sentence:

 

Detail 1:

 

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Detail 3:

 

Concluding Sentence:

 

Quote(s) you will use to support this point

 

Conclusion:

Conclusion:

Summarize the main points in the body paragraphs and paraphrase your thesis.