It’s nearly summer, and many of you are having trouble remembering how to effectively answer a question. Don’t worry — I’ve got your back.
When you are asked to respond to a prompt, as a high school student, you should be thinking about clarity, organization, and CONTENT.
The formula that we use naturally as human beings is very simple: we typically state a claim (this is your thesis — it should be a clear and straight-forward answer to the question you were asked); next, we offer details (this is where you include evidence from the text (you should use quotes where appropriate)); finally, we explain how that evidence proves our point (this is your analysis).
In order to get a 10/10 on your Tuesdays with Morrie Reading Assignments, you need to follow this formula!
PS: do not forget to use parenthetical citations after a direct quote, AND ALSO after paraphrased details from the text.
Here is an EXCELLENT student example: