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Thesis Statement For Funny In Farsi

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir. Winner of the Spirit of America Award given by the National Council of Social Studies.

“A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter

“Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”Glamour

“A joyful success.”Newsday

“What’s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It’s the brilliance of true sophistication at work.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.”The Providence Journal

“Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“[Funny in Farsi] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American.”San Jose Mercury News

Presentation on theme: "SWBAT Introduce the topic of their essay using a "hook" and creating a thesis statement. PA @ 71."— Presentation transcript:

1 SWBAT Introduce the topic of their essay using a "hook" and creating a thesis statement.
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2 Do NowAnswer the following in your writing notebook: Who will be reading this essay?  What does that reader care about?  Turn-and-talk, sharing your answers.

3 Why is the first paragraph important?
The first paragraph of an essay is meant to introduce the topic and to "hook" the reader-get the reader interested in continuing to read.

4 First step – the “hook” Who will read this essay?
What does the reader care about?

5 Hook Reader – the teacher
Cares about – that you understood both stories and the ideas and strategies used in both.Firoozeh Dumas and Mawi Asgedom both write about their experiences as American immigrants.

6 Group activityHow would the hook change if your readers were your classmates instead of your teacher?Rewrite the hook with your classmates as the reader.

7 Background information
The background information gives some quick basic information about the topic before introducing the thesis statement.What does the reader need to know about both texts before reading the essay?

8 Background information
In “Funny in Farsi”, Dumas details her funny experiences dealing with Americans who don’t know much about her country, Iran.In “Of Beetles and Angels”, Asgedom reflects on his struggles in America as he came from Ethiopia through his graduation from Harvard University.

9 Thesis statementThe thesis statement in an informative essay is what you will be discussing.Here, you will mention how the two memoirs are alike, and also how they are different.This is called a Compare/Contrast statement.

10 Thesis statement – How are they similar?
Both authors explore immigrant experiences.Both authors discuss interacting with American culture.Both authors detail personal experiences as immigrants to America.

11 Thesis statement – How are they different?
Dumas and Asgedom have different perspectives on America.Both authors use different strategies to convey their different perspectives.

12 Sample thesis statement:
Although both Dumas and Asgedom detail personal experiences as immigrants to America, these authors use different strategies to convey their perspectives on their new home.

13 Signal words for compare/contrast:
SimilarBothAlsoIn additionLikewiseSimilarlyTooAs well asSimilar toMuch likeeachDifferentAlthoughButhoweverIn contrastOtherwiseEven thoughInsteadOn the contrarywhile

14 Completed first paragraph:
Firoozeh Dumas and Mawi Asgedom both write about their experiences as American immigrants. In “Funny in Farsi”, Dumas details her funny experiences dealing with Americans who don’t know much about her country, Iran. In “Of Beetles and Angels”, Asgedom reflects on his struggles in America as he came from Ethiopia through his graduation from Harvard University. Although both Dumas and Asgedom detail personal experiences as immigrants to America, these authors use different strategies to convey their perspectives on their new home.

15 ActivityCreate an introduction paragraph using a “hook”, background information and a thesis statement.Use the examples on pages to help create a thesis statement.I will be helping you as needed.

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