Guide to Writing the Ideas Paper
An Ideas Paper is an analytical reflection on one of the chapters or articles assigned for a particular day. It should be approximately two pages in length (double-spaced), printed and brought to class on the day it is due. Everyone should be prepared to share with the class what he/shee wrote in the paper.
Each student will write about the following:
1) Quote and explain the thesis of the chapter/article.
2) Identify two primary ideas or arguments that support this thesis, and also two important items of evidence the author uses to support these ideas/arguments (one for each).
3) Briefly evaluate the strength of the thesis, arguments and evidence you discuss, giving reasons for your view.
Special note on the novel Tom Brown's Schooldays: If you are assigned a chapter in Tom Brown, identify the theme, rather than a thesis, and discuss three events or statements in the novel that develop that theme. Evaluate the emotional or conceptual power of the theme and events you discuss.