Use the guide below to help you guide your rough draft. THE ITALICIZED sentences are ones you can/should use (copy) into your essay. You may write notes below to brain storm, then begin your rough draft on lined paper.
Introduction Paragraph: (3-5 sentences)
Thesis: Rudyard Kipling’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi” is a story about ___________________________
(pick either: survival, self-challenge, or the struggle of good vs. evil).
Examples can be found in Rikki’s actions during his many conflicts within the story.
(List the three areas/conflicts of the story and their page # you will use to explain your thesis)
Rikki’s actions during keys points in the story show the reader that conflict that is necessary to (insert thesis area here: survive/challenge one-self/win the battle against evil).
Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic A
Rudyard first introduces the idea of (Thesis topic) in the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as A above. Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen
Paragraph 3 (4-6 sentences): Topic B
Another example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as B above.
Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen.
Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic C
A final example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where Rikki (list the scene named as C above.
Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen
Conclusion: Restatement of thesis and wrap-up (2-4 sentences)
The idea of (thesis topic) is easily seen in Rudyard Kipling’s story “Rikki Tikki Tavi.” The many scenes including where Rikki (List your three conflict areas), are just a few examples of this. Kiplings story is definitely a story that (add your personal thought or feeling about the story WITHOUT using “I” to end your essay)
TIPS for writing:
When writing your rough draft, remember to:
- Skip every other line (or double space if typing)
- Indent for every new paragraph
- Skip an extra space between paragraphs
- ALWAYS write in the THIRD PERSON
- Read it back to yourself aloud to see if it makes sense
- Keep your mind on your main idea (the thesis) and try not to drift
- Watch your spelling (use spell check if typing)
- Remember to focus on actions/plot/conflicts and not on character traits
- Put Italics “ “ around any sentences you take directly from the text with the page number after it. Example: “It’s the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.” (p. 17)