Write a 5-paragraph essay in which you discuss several ways that we, as readers, can learn from T.C. Boyle’s “The Fugitive.”

The Fugitive EssayJonathan Pappas            English 101-CCP

Assignment:Write a 5-paragraph essay in which you discuss several ways that we, as readers, can learn from T.C. Boyle’s “The Fugitive.”

Some students will only need the simple instructions here on this first page. For those who want more detailed instructions, look at page two. But EVERYONE will need to look at the checklist on page 3. Pre-grade yourself before turning in the final version.

You will have a chance to workshop your thoughts on the Fugitive Discussion assignment.

Grading: There is a 20-item grading checklist, each item worth 5 points.

Simplest Instructions:

Write a 5-paragraph essay in which you discuss several ways that we, as readers, can learn from T.C. Boyle’s “The Fugitive.”

Make sure that your formatting is MLA.

Make sure that your intro, threebody paragraphs, and conclusion all match the basic organization that we’ve discussed all semester.

Make sure that you have a clear and simple thesis, (that we can all learn from this story) and that all of your writing serves this thesis. Your essay should have an overall feel of common-sense logic, and be useful and readable to any college student or reader of fiction.

Remember to write for an audience that has NOT read “The Fugitive.” They’ll need you to introduce and summarize this short story in your intro paragraph.

Each body paragraph should discuss something that we can learn from the story.

Note on CITING: In body paragraphs, always provide verbal, in-text citations that include the author’s name along with a verb, and ALSO parenthetical citations that include the page number for the quoted/summarized/paraphrased passage. Remember, don’t direct-quote every time. We quote or summarize or paraphrase; we switch it up within an essay.




Instructions that are more detailed:

STRUCTURE:5 paragraphs, and each and every paragraph will be 5-8 sentences long.

In your Intro paragraph, begin with

1) a hook that lures the reader in without mentioning the story, followed by…

2)an overall summary of the story. Then, find a way to…

3)transition smoothly into yourthesis statement. Don’t skip the transition. You can’t just go abruptly from summary to thesis.

4) The thesis statement: This thesis is a statement–not a question–in which you tell your reader thatthere are things that we can gain from/benefit from/learn from the story. This is the time to sound firm and bold. You have to formulate your own wording for the thesis statement, but it has to have something to do with the fact that the story has real things to offer us all. You can choose ONE THING that’s to be learned, and offer four examples, or you can say that the story has a lot to teach us, and then use your body paragraphs to discuss four SEPARATE things we can learn.

Follow this Intro up with three body paragraphs plus a conclusion for a total of 5 paragraphs.

Each of your body paragraphsshould concern a different example of something that we can learn from/gain from the story. Each body paragraph mustfollow the 5-part “sandwich” structure as described throughout our course.

Your conclusionshould1) re-word your thesis,PARAPHRASE, choose NEW WORDS for thesis, and then it should also:2) provide some fresh, new point of discussion that you have saved for the end,and it shouldalso:                                                                                                           3) end with a memorable final sentence, sometimes called a “kicker” or a “button.” Your conclusion material must continue your main argument, but there should be something you have saved for the end, and/or a deepening of your argument that you place there. The reader should definitely be convinced by now that Boyle’s story holds lessons for us all.

Note on CITING: In body paragraphs, always provide verbal, in-text citations that include the author’s name along with a verb, and ALSO parenthetical citations that include the page number for the quoted/summarized/paraphrased passage.Remember, don’t direct-quote every time. We quote or summarizeor paraphrase; we switch it up within an essay.

You do not need a Works Cited page for this paper.



Submit on Canvas




Checklist for “The Fugitive” Essay. I will use this to grade your essay. YOU must use it as well before you submit.

­­­­________1MLA heading with correct formatting throughout the document, in every way.

________2There is an original title,in title case, accurate and well-written,centered, in the right location

________3Intro: Intro paragraph opens with a strong “hook” that serves as an attention-getter. It introduces the overall topic but is not the same as the thesis statement. It doesn’t mention the story.

________4Intro: Story is effectively summarized,briefly and completely with author, the genre (short story), and title.

________5Intro: The Thesis Statement is present at the END of the Intro, and it is not a question.

________6 Intro: The Thesis Statement comes from an original thought had by the student. It does not plagiarize any examples. The student found his or her own way to devise a thesis statement, something about the fact that we can learn things from Boyle’s story.

________7 Essay contains 5 paragraphs:Intro, 3 bodies, and a conclusion, and one text is used, and the whole piece overall has a FLOW to it. There is a common-sense logic to the arguments. Sentences have rhythm, and the sequence of everything makes sense to the reader.

________8Each body paragraph follows the Sandwich Structure format in a plain and visible way. Anyone reading the essay could follow the 1-2-3-4-5 steps

________9The first sentence of each body paragraph is a true topic sentence. Each topic sentence is brief, each announces something that can be learned/gained from reading Boyle’s story.

________10The second part of each body paragraph consists of introductory context. The student recaps the part of the story that will be discussed, in order to keep the reader on board and engaged.

________11The third part of each body paragraph focuses on a specific passage of a text, and this passage is quoted, summarized, or paraphrased. The passage is introduced grammatically, smoothly, and responsibly.

________12In-text verbal citations featuring author name and relevant VERBS appear in each body paragraph. Student uses phrases like, “according to Boyle” and  “Boyle writes,” and “Boyle describes.”

________13Parenthetical citations featuring author name and page number appear in each body paragraph after the QSP’d text. Page numbers are included just as a number. There is no “p.” or “page.”

________14The fourth part of each body paragraph contains 2-4 sentences of thoughtful discussion and explanation from the student. The student discusses the specific chosen QSP’d passage in order to prove the point that was made in the topic sentence, and to point out something we can learn from the story

________15The final sentence of each body paragraph has the rhythm and feel of a concluding sentence. Each one of these final sentences connects back to the overall argument of the essay, and/or to the topic sentence.

________16Throughout the essay, the student writes for an audience who has not read the original text.

________17Conclusion is a fully-developed paragraph. Student re-words the thesis, provides more discussion, and provides a “kicker” that seeks to make the essay more convincing and memorable

________18 The essay is successfully submitted to Canvas, on time.

________19 There is no pattern of consistent errors to the writing. The student understands that writing is a process, and has made a serious, pro-active effort to work through any writing errors and issues.

________20 Punctuation and other typographical details have been thoroughly attended to.


A 1-page reminder on paragraph structure.












1 TOPIC SENTENCEthat names something we can learn/gain from Boyle’s story






4 EXPLAIN AND DISCUSS WHAT YOU JUST QUOTED, SUMMARIZED, OR PARAPHRASED in 2-4 sentences of smooth academic writing




Note: You need THREE body paragraphs for the Fugitive Essay, for a total of FIVE paragraphs.




1 RE-WORD YOUR THESIS STATEMENT. Same idea, new and different words.


2 PROVIDE SOME FRESH, NEW CONTENT/DISCUSSION. Don’t cite anything or get too specific, but make a new comment.


3 END WITH A MEMORABLE FINAL SENTENCE, SOMETIMES CALLED A “KICKER” OR A “BUTTON”  Consider discussing the stakes, meaning, discuss what’s at risk






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