The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success

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Throughout my teaching career, I have developed a step-by-step guide for writing a literary analysis essay that is practical and easy to follow for both teachers and students. In this book, I have compiled 20 mini-lessons that take students through the entire writing process, step-by-step, from reading samples, to brainstorming, to drafting, to editing and revising, and to reflecting.

In fact, these lessons are built so that they are reproducible for teachers. You can simply take each mini-lesson and photocopy it for your students to complete as homework and/or in class. To make this guide even more accessible for teachers, each mini-lesson also contains differentiated modifications for you to use as needed, and there are also answer keys and models included where applicable.

Learning Targets

  • To craft an effective, logical, well-organized argumentative essay supported by strong evidence and thorough reasoning
  • To write an academic essay for an academic audience
  • To understand the parts of the writing process
  • To revise/edit writing and make conscious decisions for effectiveness and correctness
  • To analyze and interpret a piece of literature

Here's what's included:

Mini-lesson #1: Student Sample Essays

Mini-lesson #2: Introduction to the Literary Analysis Essay

Mini-lesson #3: Grading Expectations

Mini-lesson #4: The Thesis Statement

Mini-lesson #5: Textual Evidence

Mini-lesson #6: Putting the Thesis Statement Together

Mini-lesson #7: The Introduction Paragraph

Mini-lesson #8: The Body Paragraph

Mini-lesson #9: Topic & Concluding Sentences

Mini-lesson #10: Selecting & Organizing Textual Evidence

Mini-lesson #11: Blending Quotations

Mini-lesson #12: Crafting Commentary

Mini-lesson #13: Putting Together the Body Paragraph

Mini-lesson #14: The Conclusion Paragraph

Mini-lesson #15: Initial Revisions & Editing for “Academese"

Mini-lesson #16: Grammar Editing

Mini-lesson #17: MLA Format

Mini-lesson #18: Final Revision Forms

Mini-lesson #19: Revisiting the Rubric & Final Submission Form

Mini-lesson #20: Metacognition
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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