In preparation for writing the full essay next week, you will practice connecting three body paragraphs to support a given thesis. The thesis you are supporting is:
Many modernist authors believed in the idea that, “the world is what we say it is.”
Use the PBEAR format for each paragraph to show how each of these texts demonstrates this modernist (thesis). Remember to use two pieces of text evidence for each paragraph.
1Gertrude Stein, “Christian Bérard”
Download Richard Wright, “Black Boy”
◦Black Boy, an autobiography of Richard Wright’s early life, examines Richard’s tortured years in the Jim Crow South from 1912 to 1927. In each chapter, Richard relates painful and confusing memories that lead to a better understanding of the man a black, Southern, American writer who eventually emerges. Although Richard, as the narrator, maintains an adult voice throughout the story, each chapter is told from the perspective and knowledge that a child might possess. Yet, because the narrative is told with such force and honesty, the reliability of Richard’s memories is not questioned. (cliffsnotes.com)
•Submit the assignment in MLA format.
•Correctly cite the evidence from the texts.
▪State titles and authors only once.
▪Introduce/integrate direct quotes into your sentence.
▪Use quotation marks to capture direct text citations.
▪Use in-text (parenthetical) citations that include page, paragraph or line number.
•Demonstrate correct use of the grammar rules and the mechanics of writing.
•Use varied sentence structure and rich and interesting vocabulary in your writing.
Download Gertrude Stein, “Christian
◦This poem takes place inside the house where the major character lives. The plot reaches its climax when the major female character opens her home to others and starts inviting people over to share a meal with her. From that point on, the course of the story changes and the narrator is no longer a lonely woman but rather someone who looks at the future with great faith and hope. (adapted from gradesaver.com)
2John Steinbecluvk, The Grapes of Wrath