Rough Draft: "I'm stuck; what do I do?"
If you have a theme, but are having trouble with analysis chunks:
Think about the essay as a Timed Write:
Analyze the literary techniques that the writer uses to expose the meaning of the work as a whole.
- Write your Timed Write essay
- Go back through the essay and identify your analysis chunks (like we did when we looked at Ms. G's sample essay).
- Write the chunks on notecards or separate sheets of paper.
If you are having trouble with a theme:
Option 1: Look online! Use your resources and see if the messages/themes that others have created make sense to you.
Option 2: Stop overthinking it! Just pick a topic and answer the question "what message is Shakespeare trying to get me to understand about this topic?" Your theme/thesis does not have to be the only theme in Hamlet. It does does not have to be the most obvious theme in Hamlet. It just needs to be an accurate statement about the message.
Samples attached below!
Rough Draft: "I don't remember what Ms. Goycoolea taught in class because my mind was momentarily possessed by aliens [or other reasons]."
Organizational Help: UC Davis Guide; Newton HS AP Guide
Quote Introduction Help: Handout from Class; U-Wisconsin Guide