Thematic Essay Outline

Introduction

Hook/Attention Grabber
Discuss importance of the themes
Acknowledge complexity of the themes and how the themes are revealed in the text
Thesis/Answer to the Question: your answer with 2-3 reasons

Body Paragraph #1

Statement: reason #1 to support your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Connection: connect back to thesis and/or transition to Body Paragraph #2

Body Paragraph #2

Statement: reason #2 to support your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Connection: connect back to thesis and/or transition to Body Paragraph #3

Body Paragraph #3

Statement: reason #3 to support your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Proof: a quote or idea from the text to use as evidence to prove your reason
Analysis: break down the meaning of your proof and explain how it supports your thesis
Connection: connect back to thesis

Conclusion

Briefly restate 2-3 main reasons (mentioned already, in new words) for your thesis
Explain why the thesis is important to understanding the text