Choice of four literary essays with rubric for use with the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer—3 poem specific and one to identify theme. Students will examine the poem for specific examples and provide analysis in response to the questions. Includes planning worksheet.
Student printable includes both the essay topics and the rubric. Easy and ready to go.
Planning Worksheet useful for prewriting and has student brainstorm extra support for their essay.
This essay will generally be short, given the length of the poem. It works well for students new to effective essay writing, those who need to practice/ review effective essay writing with a short “easy” subject, and those who are doing regular writing of varying lengths to do a short essay instead of longer ones.
Student Instruction Sheet with Rubric
Student Planning Worksheet
Guide Guide to Literary Essays Handout (bonus)
This item is a single file PDF.
This essay works well in the 5 Paragraph Essay format, due to the short length of the poem. Check out my 5 Paragraph Essay Model to support students new to or practicing effective 5 Paragraph Essays: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5-Paragraph-Essay-Model-286144 Students just “fill in the blank” on provided lines.
Want more literary essay support, try the Literary Essay Writing for Any Text, Differentiate for Writers of All Levels
to scaffold for any writer.
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