Intro: Use an effective introduction strategy (Unit 1) that includes a brief introduction to the author AND the story you’re writing about. Transition smoothly into a clear thesis statement that asserts how the author’s life may have influenced or inspired specific topics in his or her short story.
Body paragraphs: Alternate between author information and how that information has influenced a specific topic in the short story you chose. This could look two ways:
The decision for how you organize body paragraphs (option 1 or 2, or a combination of these) is up to you. Just make sure you give enough attention to both pieces (author info and influence on story) because this essay is not simply a biography, and it is not simply an analysis of a short story. It requires you to think critically and make connections.
*Note: Don’t write a whole biographical section and then a whole story section. The organization needs to be more purposeful than that (see above).
Conclusion: Use an effective conclusion strategy (Unit 1) that logically ends