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Alternative Interview


Interview Essay:

Prewrite:
A. Character Sketch handout -- physical and personality traits
B. Analyze notes from interview:
1) What is the main message your interview revealed? Write a 20 word gist statement.
2) Think of a motto that represents the person you interviewed.
3) What song would represent the person you interviewed and why?

The motto and song should expand or provide evidence for your gist statement.

Title:   Motto

Introduction:
Introduce person with your character sketch.
Introduce your gist statement.

Paragraph 1:
Explain the main message of your interview (what did you learn about your person’s life -- what is most important? why is this important to your person?). Tie the motto to the information in this paragraph.

Paragraph 2:
Explain another example about the main message and the motto.  Provide the example of the song, and explain how the song represents this message about your person. Use the words from the song and the details from the person’s life to elaborate on the main message.

Paragraph 3/Conclusion
Summarize your ideas about this person -- tie in the character sketch with your other ideas.

Final statement: Ask a question that includes ideas from the person’s life and the motto you chose.
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