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The Odyssey Essay Exam Review

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... Show clear understanding of the persuasive purpose of the task by taking a position on the issue in the prompt, bringing readers into your essay discussion through introduction paragraph, ending with a thesis statement.
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... Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions (through all four paragraphs, organized as assigned).
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... Draw evidence from literary (The Odyssey, Part 1 and Part 2) and informational texts (Setting/Characterization handout or Quizlet Storytelling handout) to support analysis, directly quoting sources.
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... Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking (through overall ELA mechanics) ...
Exam Essay Structure
These elements should be in your 50-minute analysis essay:

1. INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH (2-4 sentences, using the "definition" hook introduction strategy, identifying author and story title, ending with a clear thesis statement that answers the prompt).
2. BODY PARAGRAPH, PART 1: 4-8 sentences with a topic sentence, at least two quotes from Odyssey Part 1 (all parenthetically cited by page # in textbook), backed by analysis, each supporting the pronged reason shared in your thesis statement, logically ordered).
3. BODY PARAGRAPH, PART 2: 4-8 sentences with a topic sentence, at least two quotes from Odyssey Part 2 (all parenthetically cited by page # in textbook), backed by analysis, each supporting the pronged reason shared in your thesis statement, logically ordered).
4. CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH: re-emphasize your thesis, finish the essay with a strong closing sentence and without opening up a new essay topic, in 2-3 sentences.
"Hook" strategy: Definition
Hooks reader by thoughtfully (re)defining key word/concepts in the prompt; you'll use the definitions from the prompt (e.g. "classic hero" or "mentor") and tie them to your analysis of The Odyssey.
Introductory Paragraph Expectations
Definition Hook Strategy: Your introductory paragraph, 3-4 sentences only, should:
1. "Hook" the audience by incorporating a definition(s) from the Quizlet "Storytelling..." handout.
2. Identify the author, story title, and connecting that definition(s) to the character and/or theme you're analyzing.
3. End your intro paragraph with your thesis, a declarative sentence (not a question), that:
* uses the key terms and action words from your assigned prompt and
* takes a clear position on the prompt.
Prompt 1
PROMPT: Using evidence from Part 1 and Part 2, how is Odysseus both a "classic hero" and a "mentor?"

In your essay, take a position on this question. Use quoted evidence from the text to support your position--from Book 1 and Book 2--demonstrating comprehension of the entire story.
Prompt 2
PROMPT: Given the definition of a "theme," what's one theme readers can gain from The Odyssey?

In your essay, take a position on this question. Use quoted evidence from the text to support your position--from Book 1 and Book 2--demonstrating comprehension of the entire story.
Odyssey Theme:
What's the theme?
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