Do you want your students to analyze the theme in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird? If so, this Literary Analysis Theme Essay Project is perfect for you & your students!
This project provides entry-level guidance for writing a literary analysis essay. We did this project over and over with our 8th graders after we finished reading the novel as a class. The step-by-step nature of the project guided their thinking on theme and helped them craft their ideas into essay format.
The project offers several examples of the novel's theme, for student choice:
o Appearances can be deceiving.
o Experience changes our perspective.
o Doing the right thing can be challenging.
o The pursuit of justice is often affected by bias.
Then, the project walks students through the composition of their thesis statement and provides a (super) well-written example essay on another novel (by one of us) so that students can see an exemplar piece of writing. Students analyze the sample essay first, and then use a provided graphic organizer to organize their thoughts for writing.
The rubric is included.
Enjoy writing with your students & send us your feedback!
This project pairs perfectly with our To Kill a Mockingbird Theme-Focused Reading Project with Choice Board. See here: