How can I write an essay about Skeeter from The Help following this assignment?My essay question is "Using three events from the novel you have read, choose one character and explain how this...

How can I write an essay about Skeeter from The Help following this assignment?

My essay question is "Using three events from the novel you have read, choose one character and explain how this character has grown and matured as the story progressed. I already know the character I am doing is Skeeter and I was going to say that she realizes how bad racism is in Jackson, Mississippi and that she became more independent in her feelings towards the help. But I need help on finding a good intro sentence and I don't want it to be the classic "repeating the question and making it into a statement" kind of opening. My teacher gave me a graphic organizer and after the intro sentence it says "Preview point 1, 2, and 3" what does that mean and are there any good "templates" I could use? I am so confused. This is a whole level up from what I'm used to. HELP PLEASE!

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Introductory statements or paragraphs often sound like a rephrased question because that's the purpose of the introduction - to give a very brief overview of the points you plan to make in your essay.

The "preview points" in your graphic organizer are where you will fill in the three events you choose to illustrate Skeeter's growth. For example, one of your events might be connected with Skeeter receiving confirmation that her book was going to be published, so you would fill in "Publication of her book" as the main point. Supporting your idea that this was a way in which Skeeter grew and matured through the story, you could quote her from early on, saying, "Sure, I dreamed of having football dates, but my real dream was that one day I would write something that people would actually read."

She went on to first be published as the author of a household hints column, but didn't get discouraged. She became aware of the story that could be developed by examining the relationships between the white women and "the help," and grew in her understanding of herself and of others during her research and writing process. You could find many other incidents to help support your point that the publication of The Help involved lots of growth and maturation for Skeeter.

Preview points 2 and 3 would be other major events, which you would support with episodes from the book that helped to show how Skeeter changed. Consider how she grew as a result of her relationship with Stuart; think about how her relationship with her mother changed her outlook on life and other people; what did she learn about lifestyles and family values from getting to know Minnie and Aibilene and the others?

A graphic organizer is a template. Use it to help you organize your ideas and the support for each of those ideas.

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