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

Bespoke ELA
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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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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).
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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