Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart Chs. 1-3 Section Diagnostic Essay
For this assignment, you will write a 3 paragraph essay in response to the following prompt.
How does Unoka’s relationship with Okonkwo influence Okonkwo’s thoughts and actions?

MLA format
12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced lines, 1 inch margins
No extra spacing between paragraphs; paragraphs justified left; tab over first line of each paragraph
Heading must include: Name, Date, Class Period, Title
Essay begins on the next double spaced line after your title
John Doe
3rd Period
24 October 2020
Title Goes Here
Introductory Paragraph
Hook sentence – can be general observation of parent/child father/son relationships, or more specific to the characters in the book
Background Info sentence – What the audience needs to know to be familiar with your topic/argument
Background Info sentence
Background Info sentence
Thesis Statement (your claim)
*You must introduce the title of the book and the author in the introduction paragraph.
Thesis Statement
• Is a single sentence
• Your main idea/argument for your paper
• Guides your writing
• Must answer the prompt/includes key words or phrases from the prompt
• Can be a general statement or a two-point or three-point thesis
o Ex: Opening a lemonade stand is a constructive summer job.
o Ex: Opening a lemonade stand is a great summer job because it teaches discipline and hard work.
Body Paragraph
Topic sentence to begin your paragraph/introduce your evidence
2 – 6. Evidence and reasoning with a correct parenthetical citations (at least two examples from the text)
7. Transition sentence to flow into the conclusion
***Parenthetical citations must include the author’s last name and the page where you found your information. You must cite direct quotes, paraphrase, and summary. Ex: Umuofia has 10,000 men (Achebe 10).
1. Transition/topic sentence
2 – 4. Emphasize your main ideas
5. Concluding sentence to end your essay
A conclusion is what you will leave with your reader
• It “wraps up” your essay
• It demonstrates to the reader that you accomplished what you set out to do
• It shows how you have proved your thesis
• It provides the reader with a sense of closure on the topic
*DO NOT restate your intro or other sentences. Find a new way to re-emphasize your main ideas
MLA Work Cited Page
The last page of your essay.
Must have a title; 12 point times new roman double spaced. First line of each entry justified left, every other line tabbed over.
Work cited entry for a book: Author last name, first name. Title. Publisher, publication date.

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