This is a graphic, interactive guide to writing a basic analytical essay for a literature class. It is an organizational tool rather than an analytical tool.
I have found it most effective for those students who have great ideas and make great connections within a text, but lack the facility for effective organization.
It could be used in middle grades all the way up to high school depending on the needs and experience of your students.
It uses the model of a molecule or an atom to express the basic components of an analytical essay; the thesis (as a response to a prompt), and the components of each of the body paragraphs. In this model, each body paragraph should contain a main idea, evidence that supports that idea, and relevant commentary that makes a connection between the idea and the larger thesis. Each slide links to further explanation, as well as a specific example of the component being discussed.
It also contains an example of a simple, formulaic, but effective analytical essay on Aldus Huxley's Brave New World.
The file is a Power Point with hypertext, so it is completely customizable for your needs, but I've found that it works well as is.
In my first teacher evaluation of the year, my students consistently mentioned this Power Point organizer as particularly responsible for their success in class.
I hope it works as well for you.