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Freshman Honors Literary Interpretation Essay

Here is the basic format for Lit essays that we will use to train you this year. Loosely based off of AP Literature skills and the Philosophical approach to literature, this is by no means the only way to write an essay. This is a training tool.

Siggy Abuel

on 30 September 2012

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Transcript of Freshman Honors Literary Interpretation Essay

Literary Interpretation Essay Planning Brainstorm Defensible
Theme/Moral for Story Turn Topic into Theme or Moral that can be defended using textual elements. Find Textual Evidence That Exemplifies Supporting Textual Elements For each element, find one quotation that you can relate to the theme or moral. T/M E1 E2 E3 T/M E1 E2 E3 "Q" "Q" "Q" T/M E1 E2 E3 "Q" "Q" "Q" This is usually cause/effect, compare/contrast, or symbolic Build Your Ship In ______________'s ______________________, ________________________, he/she Create Your Thesis Find the North Star Genre, Medium Name of Work Author/Artist reveals to the reader, through the use of ________________ that ___________________________________. E1, E2, E3, or Broad Category that Encapsulates Elements Theme/Moral Begin with Identifying Topics Identify Relationship/Connection Between Elements Note your Theme/Moral and... Look to Experience and Gather Heart Speak of an experience that exemplifies the theme/moral... or Think of a historical anecdote, or current event that exemplifies the theme/moral... then Relate the Theme or Moral to the Reader based on their experiences, cares, concerns, fears, or desires... T/M = Theme/Moral
E = Part of Text that Supports T/M "Q" = Quotation from text that you can analyze to show how it supports the theme or moral. = Explanation on how one part of the text is related to another part of the text Go Forth and Sail! Introduction Body Paragraphs Thesis Conclusion Establish Credibility by relating a personal experience or a historical anecdote exemplifying or contradicting the theme... This is where you answer the prompt, addressing the elements set out by the prompt and tying it to a theme or moral that can be supported by the textual elements. 1) Element from the Text: Can be anything that is clearly in the text that you can argue, supports the theme or moral.
2) Quotation from Text: Deals with Element and can be analyzed in such a way that it gives you material to interpret towards the theme or moral.
3) Explanation of Quotation and how this within the context of the plot creates/supports the theme/moral.
4) Transition: Tying this element to next one discussed in the following paragraph. Usually a cause/effect relationship or worth comparing or contrasting in order to understand the theme/moral Same as Above! Same as Above! But...the transition sentences should ideally segue back into the real world experiences that the reader is familiar with... Real World Book World Real World Line if Mimesis! Line if Mimesis! Arguing for the Validity of the Theme or Moral in the real world, bringing the reader to your opinion about the truth of the theme/moral by relating it to their experiences, fears, hopes, desires, etc. If you get lost... refer to your notes,
ask a friend,
review any handouts,
review a friend's essay that received a high score,
or ask Abuel! High Five for Learning!
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