Writing Commentary for the Literary Analysis Essay: Strategies for Success

Bespoke ELA
Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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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 routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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