– Organize your annotations into primary notes. For example, if you have annotations on the protagonist, gather and sift through this evidence in order to determine the protagonist’s character traits. (Only for 2 of the elements) – Find at least two Theme Topics and write two Theme Statements for each topic. – Create an essay outline for the novel using one of the above theme topics and statements as the basis for your essay outline. You must include the Theme Topic, Theme Statement, and an introduction that includes a thesis and maps out all of your arguments. You must also include the topic sentence for all of your arguments, as well as annotated support from the text. – Brainstorm connections that can be made between the novel and the world around you. For example, connect the novel to other stories, essays, movies, music, popular culture, politics and your own life. (This is the “So what?”) – Write a literary response that shows how the Theme statement is revealed in the novel and make connections to other texts. You will use your Theme Statements to anchor your response. Your response will centre on the theme statements, how they are revealed and developed in your novel through the various narrative elements, and connections to other texts. Use specific support from the text you are referencing when connecting the novel to other texts.