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Maya Angelou's "Graduation"

Study Guide: What is the controlling/main idea of Maya Angelou's "Graduation" (from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)?

DISCUSSION:
The controlling/main idea of a piece of writing is often referred to as a THESIS. Here are some characteristics of a thesis: (More Details Follow)

SAMPLE RESPONSE:
The controlling idea in the excerpt "Graduation" is (More Details Follow)

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
The above sample is (More Details Follow)

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STUDY GUIDE
Maya Angelou's "Graduation" (excerpt from *I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings*)

QUESTION:
What is the controlling/main idea of this piece? (i.e. The THESIS)

DISCUSSION:
The controlling/main idea of a piece of writing is often referred to as a THESIS. Here are some characteristics of a thesis:

1. It asserts the main point or controlling idea of a piece;
2. It addresses all (or most) of these questions:
i. What is the subject of the piece?
ii. What is the author's opinion on the subject?
iii. What is the author's purpose in the piece?

With these things in mind, it should be easier to locate the controlling/ ...

Solution Summary

Thesis identification is emphasized.

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