Writing Commentary for the Literary Analysis Essay: Strategies for Success

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Writing commentary is without a doubt the most difficult aspect of the literary analysis essay. It is the ONE part for which there is no formula because it's the part of the essay that contains the writer's original thoughts, or commentary/ analysis, on the evidence of the essay.

In this 38-page bundle, I have provided students with two methods for crafting commentary that will help them not only write analysis but also take it to a deeper level: the "This Shows That Method" and the "LET" Method.

This bundle also contains:

--Commentary vs. Plot Summary Practice

--Commentary Do's and Don'ts

--Teacher Approval Forms

--Commentary Four-Square Activity

--Commentary-Evidence Connection Guide

--Commentary Depth Guide

--Crafting Commentary Practice

--Essay Ratiocination Guide

--Commentary Task Cards

--Targeted Skill Rubric: Commentary

This is an essential bundle for the writing process because the commentary is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the literary analysis essay.

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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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