Let's Break-down Your Research

Using the handout provided, fill in the boxes with info from your essay:

  • What is your "attention grabber?" - Quote, sexy title, or opening sentence explaining why you chose your topic
  • What are the major points of context for your topic?
  • What is your argument (thesis)?
  • What is your past connection?
    • Genre/author's purpose
  • What is your present connection?
    • Genre/author's purpose
  • Why are these connections significant today?
    • In other words, SO WHAT?
    • Whose mind do you hope to change or inform?
    • What did you learn?
    • Did the past or present writing "make something happen?"


  • How can you visually represent these points?
  • What are some examples you can use?