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Point, Proof, Explanation Paragraphs
Topic Sentence • • Title of work (novel) Author of work Overall argument Three parallel points (see Parallelism powerpoint) Example: In the Brothers Grimm’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White fits into the conventional female fairy tale character mould through her superficial appearance, never-ending kindness and naïve nature.
Point • Present your points in the same order as they appear in your topic sentence • Include a transition word Example: To start, Snow White is a prime example of a typical fairy tale female by being superficially pretty.
Proof with Context • Include a specific example from the work as proof • This can be paraphrased or a direct quotation • When using a direct quotation, be sure to introduce it with CONTEXT • Depending on your primary source, your evidence might include facts, statistics, anecdotes, logical argument, examples, elaboration, description or definition • ALWAYS include a citation (page number) Example: In particular, this is shown when the evil queen’s mirror tells her that, “Snow White is the fairest of them all” (2). Furthermore, the narrator describes her as fair-skinned, “doe-eyed” with perfect dark hair and luscious red lips (1).
Explanation and Link • EXPLAIN how your proof proves your point • LINK your proof to your overall argument • Example: The descriptions of Snow White demonstrate that unrealistic physical beauty is vital to her character, which is typical of the female lead in fairy tales.
• Now add two more points, proofs (with context) and explanations (and link)
Concluding Sentence • Title and author • Overall argument and three points stated in a fresh, new way Example: As illustrated throughout their fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Brothers Grimm portray Snow White as a stereotypical fairy tale leading lady due to her emphasized beauty, exaggerated benevolence and highlighted innocence.
• This is all ONE paragraph (it will seem long) • Remember formal writing rules (see Formal Writing powerpoint)