This 12-page download contains a complete 4-week unit for teaching an analytical essay about the effects of addiction as evidenced by Melvin Burgess's novel SMACK. These materials include a 2-page overview of the analytical (expository) essay prompt, requirements for the paper, an explanation of the dialectical quotation journal, MLA guidelines, a checklist of agenda deadlines, and scoring breakdown;; a 1-page letter to parents, explaining the assignment and requiring parental permission; a 1-page handout explaining the particulars of the dialectical quotation journal in depth, including sample excerpts and analysis from the novel; a 2-page handout about effective methods for citing direct quotations according to MLA style, introducing them fluidly, and analyzing them in depth beyond summary; a 2-page peer evaluation form for in-class student assessment of an expository essay about the effects of addiction as evidenced in Smack; a 1-page teacher evaluation form for final assessment of the essay; and a 2-page survey for gathering feedback about students' experiences with studying the novel, the content itself, keeping a dialectical journal, and writing the paper. SEE THE 1-PAGE FREE DOWNLOAD FROM THE HANDOUT ABOUT CITATIONS AND ANALYSIS. Also see my complete quiz unit to correspond with the novel. Please check out my other materials for grammar and mechanics, literary units, and writing instruction.