First Name Last Name Ms. Clark English II Mythology Expository Essay 30 August 2011 Title INTRODUCTION: Attention getter (without using “I” or “you”). 2 to 3 sentences of background information about your Greek god/goddess/hero. Introduction to the thesis (your god/goddess/hero’s name is an important god/goddess/hero). State the thesis sentence in 1 sentence (think of it as a road map to for the body paragraphs) (example: The idea of _________ has been around since Ancient Greece, the Greeks believed________________, and today __________ still remains a part of Western culture). BODY PARAGRAPH 1: Transition/topic sentence. This paragraph focuses on the history surrounding Ancient Greece. There does not need to be much information listed about the god/goddess/hero (that will be evident in the introduction as well as the other paragraphs). For this paragraph, focus on the historical relevance of what your god/goddess/hero was known for (for example: if you have Hermes, the messenger god, you would research communication in Ancient Greece. If you have Poseidon, the god of the sea, you would research how Ancient Greeks interacted with the ocean –such as for food and for traveling). BODY PARAGRAPH 2: Transition/topic sentence. This paragraph focuses on1 particular myth surrounding the god or goddess. Just like stories we tell today, there are generally many people involved. Therefore, it makes sense to mention how your god/goddess/hero interacted with people or other gods/goddesses. Summarize the myth using descriptive words (provide evidence and analysis- quoting Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and then in your own words decide what it all means –without using “I” or “you” – I will know that it is your opinion since you are writing it ). BODY PARAGRAPH 3: Transition/topic sentence. This paragraph is dedicated to the contemporary focus (i.e. “today in America”). You can add additional relevant details about your god/goddess/hero’s myth here as well (2-3 sentences). Include an allusion1 of your god/goddess/hero found in literature or artwork (2-3 sentences). Next consider how your god/goddess/hero remains in today’s world (references to movies, commercials, marketing, music, human interaction, weather, etc.). CONCLUSION: Transition/topic sentence. Restate your thesis in 3 to 4 sentences (adding details and descriptive words). Explain why your god/goddess/hero is an important in Greek mythology. End with a strong statement (that is in the same topic of your Attention getter in the first paragraph- you will want to leave your reader with something interesting to think about after they have finished reading your essay). 1 allusion (a-LOO-zhuhn): a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature. Allusions are often indirect or brief references to well-known characters or events. Allusions are often used to summarize broad, complex ideas or emotions in one quick, powerful image. Allusions serve an important function in writing in that they allow the reader to understand a difficult concept by relating to an already familiar story. Feel free to email me if you have questions: email@example.com.