Literary analysis is an important skill for students to develop. I use this file to help students ease into the analysis part, as most students are comfortable with the basic essay structure by the time they hit grade 9 and 10.
This file uses the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. I find my students love the crazy twist at the end!
Prior to reading the short story I discuss with my students the elements of a dystopia vs utopia. This information is easily found online.
This file contains 2 documents - one is the actual literary analysis assignment, including a simple topic question that students answer one of two ways to create a thesis.
The other file is a 3 page 'planning' sheet that breaks down each part/step of the literary analysis essay.