This is an essay prompt for an in-class essay I have my students write after reading "Romeo and Juliet." The essay answers the question: "Who is most responsible for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?"
This handout details exactly how to write the essay (which includes an introductory paragraph, 2 body paragraphs, and a conclusion). For example, for the introductory paragraph it details the order of things (hook, transition to thesis, thesis) and what each entails. It also details exactly how the thesis should be formatted for this specific prompt.
It includes advice on ways to make the essay sound formal (as all literary analysis essays should) with suggestions such as to stay in third person, avoid contractions, avoid casual language, etc.
I typically use this for my 8th or 9th grade students who are just beginning to learn how to write proper literary analysis essays. Although I have done it as an in-class essay (in which they come to class with their thesis, 2 main points, and 4 quotes from the play), you can easily change it slightly to turn it into a full-length essay for higher-level students.
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