Essay 1: Fiction Analysis Your first essay is a fiction analysis, in which you will draw on your notes and blog posts to analyze one of the two short stories weve read. Guiding Questions: What is a central theme of this story? How does the author use narrative elements to express that theme? Content Requirements: Engaging introduction that draws the reader in and provides context for the essay. Strong thesis statement that clearly articulates the writers central argument for the essay. Body paragraphs that include a topic sentence, ample evidence, and a connection back to the thesis statement. Effective selection and integration of evidence throughout, including MLA citations Conclusion that reiterates the thesis statement and considers why the theme identified in the essay is relevant to todays readers. Overall effective analysis of either Chasing Chato by Wayne Rapp or Bloodchild by Octavia Butler, demonstrating proficiency in the concepts covered in this unit Form Requirements: Creative title At least 3 pages typed in the appropriate format (see formatting sheet) Appropriate spelling, syntax, and grammar How to begin writing: 1. Select the story youd like to write about (either Chasing Chato or Bloodchild). 2. Review your active reading notes, blog post, and peer response for that story. 3. Use what youve already written and thought about to fill in the outline below. Outline: I. Introduction a. Hook b. Introduction of text (title, author, year) c. BRIEF (1-2 sentences) plot summary d. Thesis statement: What is a theme of this story, and what narrative elements does the author use to express that theme? (Example: A theme of the film Frozen is that sisterhood is more valuable than romantic relationships, which we see through the characters, setting, conflict, and symbolism.) II. Body paragraph (include as many as you need) a. Topic sentencewhat narrative element are you talking about in this paragraph b. Evidenceexamples from the story (remember the quote sandwich!) c. Connection back to thesis/theme III. Conclusion a. Reiterate thesis b. What makes this theme relevant to readers today?