Theme Statement • Think of a theme statement as a message we see in the text and it can be applied to our own lives. Example for Social Injustice • Theme Statement: People in society tend to treat each other unequally and judge. • Example One: How Aunt Alexandra treats the Cunninghams, and Walter in particular (Lee 301). • Need two more examples. Beginnings of the Graphic Organizer • Thesis Statement – add author and title to your theme statement: – Harper Lee clearly shows in To Kill a Mockingbird that people in society tend to treat each other unequally and judge. – In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the author shows that people in society tend to treat each other unequally and judge. Graphic Organizer – Body Paragraphs • Then you need your three main ideas – look to your evidence. What does it show/prove? That’s your claim/topic sentence. – Paragraph One Topic Sentence/Claim: Some people judge no matter what the situation. • Evidence – Even though Aunt Alexandra knows that it was a Cunningham who almost found Tom innocent; she still won’t let Scout play with Walter (Lee 301). – Paragraph Two Topic Sentence/Claim: Even people who do not seem judgmental at all will sometimes judge. • Example – Calpurnia judging Mr. Radley as he passes the house (Lee 15). – Paragraph Three Topic Sentence/Claim: Initial judgments can be incorrect. • Kids first think Boo is scary and monstrous, based on Stephanie’s gossip (Lee 15-16), but he saves their lives because he thinks of them as his own kids (Lee 369-370, 374). Graphic Organizer – Preview Statement • Once you know your body paragraphs, then you can write the preview statement. This is one sentence that previews the three body paragraph ideas in order. – Example: While some people judge others no matter what the situation, others rarely judge and still others find that their initial judgment was incorrect. Graphic Organizer –What’s left? • How will you explain your evidence – this is the reasoning that should tie back to your claim and theme statement. • Think of transitions between paragraphs • Attention-getter – Quote, Idea – Do not use rhetorical questions • Conclusion – What will you review • Completed graphic organizer due EOH Thursday.