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

The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
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The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
The Ultimate Literary Analysis Essay Guide: 20 Mini-lessons for Success
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This bundle contains 20 mini-lessons in 22 files/ 200+ pages to help guide your high school English students to success on the Literary Analysis Essay.

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Writing workshop is the cornerstone of the English Language Arts classroom. As English teachers, we are charged with the task of teaching students how to write effective essays across different modes of writing. One of these modes, the academic literary analysis essay, can present challenges for both teachers and students. How does the teacher identify, scaffold, and assess the skills needed to write a literary analysis essay? And how does the student know where to start and how to organize the writing process? That’s where this bundle comes in.

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 bundle, 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.

There are different points along this writing journey that ask students to peer revise and turn in work to you, the teacher, for assessment. These checkpoints will help you to ensure that each student is mastering each skill throughout the writing process. The only thing you need to decide as a teacher is how quickly you want your students to move through the writing process and, of course, which piece of literature you want students to analyze. Will you have all students write on the same piece, or will you allow students to choose their own piece of literature? The choice is yours—or your students’. As far as timing is concerned, I believe in giving ample time to the writing process so that students write one high-quality essay over the period of a semester or even an entire year. This philosophy is reflected in the depth and pacing of the lessons in this book. Of course, you could also modify this process so that students write multiple essays that target each individual writing skill for the literary analysis essay. These mini-lessons are easily adaptable to fit the demands of your curriculum and your students.

So, let’s get started! It’s the “write” time.

Table of Contents

Introduction to this Bundle

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

Literary Analysis Sample Essay Pack

Writing Folder Progress Checklist

Teacher Approval Form

This bundle consists of pdf files that are not editable for copyright purposes.

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Here are some a la carte items included in this Bundle:

Sample Essay Pack: TEN Literary Analysis Essays

Argument Essay Revision Forms: TEN Activities for Success

Grammar Editing Mini-lessons for Essay Writing

Editing the Essay for "Academese"

The Conclusion Paragraph for Literary Analysis

Crafting Commentary for Literary Analysis

Selecting & Organizing Textual Evidence for Literary Analysis

Topic & Concluding Sentences for Literary Analysis

The Body Paragraph for Essay Writing

The Thesis Statement for Literary Analysis: SIX Mini-lessons for Success

Blending Quotes Using the TCS Method

The Literary Analysis 10-POINT RUBRIC

The Introduction Paragraph for Literary Analysis

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Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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