Essay Structure – Year Nine ESSAY STRUCTURE – INTRODUCTION, TEEL X3, CONCLUSION Introductions – No surprises! The novel A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove shows us that, ultimately friends are the most important influence on young peoples’ lives. The idea of friendship is generally understood as people who are not your family, but are part of your life because they care about you and like you. In the novel Carl Matt moves to Wattle Beach with his younger brother, Harley, and must come to understand himself and his place in the world after their mother, Kerry Matt, left them. The crucial influence of friendship is shown when Carl is lonely and visits the beach to watch other people his age, when Carl meets Justine, and when Harley and Joy act like friends. The novel demonstrates that there is no more important influence than friendship, especially to those with troubled family lives. Your intro People are not necessarily trapped by their pasts. Discuss in relation to A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove. The ‘gist’ – a SHORT summary to show the general idea of the plot. Examples: A boy grows up as an underprivileged ‘Greaser’ and ends up running away after his friend stabs another boy. Terms: ‘trapped’ – how are you interpreting this? Examples: In A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove the author (James Maloney) shows us that… The novel A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, by James Maloney explores… In James Maloney’s novel A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove … Your intro Terms: ‘trapped’ – how are you interpreting this? The ‘gist’ – a SHORT summary to show the general idea of the plot. Examples: A boy grows up as an underprivileged ‘Greaser’ and ends up running away after his friend stabs another boy. Paragraphs Topic Sentence: What is this paragraph’s point? Evidence: Prove you’re right – quote/ (embed!) example from the text Explain: what does your quote mean? How does it back up your point? Link: link to your next point. (Eg. Another character who… is… Eg: Conclusions – sum up your answer, remind what you wrote about, suggest implications for the wider world. Ultimately, friendship is the key to the Matts’ survival in Wattle Beach because of the positive influence it hard on their lives. Moving on from his initial, lonely weeks, Carl makes friends with Justine, which has a positive influence on his self-esteem. Harley, originally troubled and becoming anti-social, makes friends with Joy and can, for the first time, experience a constructive relationship with a mother figure. Looking to our friends in times of need, as shown by the Matt boys’ experiences, helps us all deal with family and social issues in a positive and constructive way.