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you will create an essay outline (OPTIONAL) and then write an analysis paper that discusses how gender roles/stereotypes present themselves in the television show you chose.
TV Show Analysis Essay Overview
This week you will create an outline for a 750-1000 word analysis essay on theme of gender in the family TV show you watched.
Your essay will include a clear thesis and well developed key ideas with topic sentences and supporting examples. The essay will also follow the conventional organization of the following three elements:
– Introduction: introduces the subject/s being analyzed and, in a thesis statement, states the reason for the analysis and the main ideas/claims that support that reason. Your thesis should be the last sentence in the introduction.
– Body: contains at least three body paragraphs that begin with topic sentences (supporting arguments) that prove your thesis. Each topic sentence should be a reason why your thesis is true.
– Conclusion: summarizes the analysis and explains new understanding.
Suggestions to develop the body of the essay:
Analyze the characters’ representations of gender (summary does not belong in an analysis!)
The thesis and topic sentences should be the strongest, most analytical sentences in your essay.
Support each point with specific examples and details from the episodes you watched
Relate each point of analysis back to the thesis
Follow a clear organizational pattern
Include transitional words and phrases to make your observations clear
NOTE: Aside from quotes/paraphrases from your sources, you may not use any text from your TV Discussion Post in your essay.
Sample thesis statement (Gilmore Girls)
Lorelai in Gilmore Girls fulfills the stereotypical gender role of the mother; however, she also goes against societal expectations by fulfilling the unconventional roles of father and peer.
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