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Objective: This paper demonstrates your ability to analyze literature and use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating.
Grading: The paper will be worth 100 points and serve as 15% of your overall grade. The paper will be graded using the Write-Path Rubric/MLADownload Write-Path Rubric/MLA.
Preparation: Any of the assigned poetry, short stories, and films. Literary Analysis Essay WorksheetDownload Literary Analysis Essay Worksheet
Read and make observations about the assigned literary work.
Pre-write for topic exploration and discovery.
Write a thesis statement that contains: the title of the literary work, the author, the purpose, and the points being made.
Draft an introduction paragraph.
Write body paragraphs to illustrate points in the order listed in the thesis.
Revise the introduction and write the conclusion.
Submit the paper.
Paper Length: 3-5 double-spaced, typed pages (about 500 – 750 words)
Documentation/Style: Follow MLA guidelines
Paper Structure: The paper should have FIVE clearly identifiable parts: title, introduction, body, conclusion, and Works Cited.
Contains a title
Introduction (100-150 words):
An identifiable strategy to catch the reader’s attention
May provide information about the author if relevant
Provide brief summary of the plot and theme
Three-point thesis statement (must be the final sentence of the introduction paragraph)
Body of Paper (425-550 words):
The first body paragraph contains the first point, provides evidence from the literary work and other critical sources, and explains thoroughly how it proves/supports the point.
The second body paragraph contains the second point, provides evidence from the literary work and other critical sources, and explains thoroughly how it proves/supports the point.
The third body paragraph contains the third point, provides evidence from the literary work and other critical sources, and explains thoroughly how it proves/supports the point.
Contains SIX relevant quotes (about 2 per paragraph).
Conclusion (75-100 words):
Restates (not repeats) the thesis
Includes any citations of the primary source used in the paper
Last page of the paper, which is separate from the rest of the paper