Les Miserables Research Paper Thesis Statement

Performance Indicators:

P.S. ELA-1 Language:   Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

A. Notice and correct grammatical and mechanical errors in writing.
B. Demonstrate command of correct sentence structure and variety.
C. Apply standard usage to formal speaking and writing.

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.

 P.S ELA-4 Writing Analysis:   Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

A. Select and limit a debatable thesis.
B. Research evidence using credible sources.
C. Select an appropriate organizational plan.
D. Acknowledge alternate sides of a position.
E. Apply the standards of English conventions.
F. Apply persuasive strategies.
G. Create a Works Cited for evidence used.

P.S ELA-5 Writing Craft:   Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

A. Create an effective introduction.
B. Use showing details v. telling details.
C. Maintain a focus on the main idea throughout the body paragraphs.
D. Write an effective conclusion.

P.S. ELA-6 Research- based Writing: Compose research- based writing to examine a topic through the selection, organization, analysis, and synthesis of relevant content.

A.  Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources
B.  Assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience
C.  Integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source
D.  Follow a standard format for citation.
E.  Select and limit an appropriate topic.
F. Take notes using a minimum of three sources.
G. Prepare an outline and multiple drafts
H. Write a works’ cited page.
I. Write a strong introduction and conclusion.
J. Include precise, effective quotations that directly correspond to the main idea.

On DAY 12 of the class syllabus, you will submit your thesis statement for your research paper to turnitin.  Along with the thesis, you will submit a copy of your selected quote and an explanation as to why you selected the quote as the centerpiece of your research paper.

1.  The assignment will first express your selected quote.
2.  Next express meaningfully why the quote is the focus of your research paper.
3.  Finally, express the thesis statement for your research paper.