What do you need to see in an email or memo asking for help with my midterm paper's thesis?
Think of what I'm asking you to do--show me you can read and interpret a piece of the literature we're reading. Until I see the passage(s) you're thinking of interpreting/explaining, and the line of explanation you're thinking of pursuing, I can't tell whether you've got a real thesis or only a potential topic you're guessing about. In brief, I want specific passages with proper references, an assertion (thesis) about what they mean, and a suggestion of the logic that would support the argument. Here's a sample email from a student who knows well what I'm expecting to see in such a document. The only thing that's missing here is the supporting logic, which could generate many different papers from the same idea about this relationship.
My reply redirects Risa to the logic which supports her claim that the storm should be understood to "mimic" or "foreshadow" something about Lear. Elizabethan doctrines about the king's relationship to Nature and to the health of the Kingdom (parodied by Edmund in I.3.117-31) could help support that. My real curiosity is about the poet's choice of symbols for states of emotion. Where have we seen them used this way before?