This is a task sheet and outline that will help the student to form a strong thesis statement and will give them ideas about how to structure a well-organized essay.
The basis of the essay is that the student will choose a theme from the text that can be found in at least 3 stories from the book. The student will then use that theme to discuss Danticat's greater message.
The result was great, I did this project with struggling readers and writers in a high school English class. The project encourages students to have a variety of thesis statements and to write about the themes that tie the varying stories together.