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Literature and Genres

Using the following outline help give thoughts and references to get started with my paper.

Preliminary thesis statement: In this essay, I will discuss (a) how family and friends influence literature, (b) review three genres in literature, and (c) examples of the three genres as they relate to literature.

Purpose of this essay: To show the relationship of family and friends in literature throughout the genres.

I: Introduction
II: Discuss how family and friends influence literature.
III: Explain three genres in literature. (Essay, Play, and Poems)
IV: Give examples from this week's readings to show how they relate to literature.
V: Summary/Conclusion

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What it is you need to do is expanding the outline. I can help you by showing you examples on how to expand from the first few sections. I will also hep you with the transitions between paragraph. However, you will need to write this paper by yourself because it is not my homework assignment but yours.

You have a general thesis statement, but a thesis statement has to show readers what your essay is going to be about, so you should include the specifics of the paper (so you can specify the three genres you mentioned for part b. I like the way you wrote out purpose of the essay to help you keep track of where the essay is going.

For the introduction, you need to lead or guide the readers into the main points of the essay (which should be included in the body paragraphs). The thesis statement should be at the end of the introduction leading the readers to the first topic sentence. From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) site, they provided the following definition and examples of creating a thesis statement:

Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement
1.Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.
If you are writing a text which does not fall under these three categories (ex. a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific?it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples
Example of an analytical thesis statement:

An analysis of the college admission process reveals two principal problems facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores ...

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