Freshman writers have a difficult time breaking into how to properly analyze literature. This project is broken down into a a period of nine days to help students fully understand and grasp the steps in analyzing literature and then turning that analysis into a cohesive essay. Day 1 begins with surface information about the short story. Day 3 does an indepth look at thematic elements. Day 5 includes a step by step guide to writing an outline. This would be a great project to do with someone who is truly struggling to understand how to write an essay.