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Writing Analytical Essays
Transcript of Writing Analytical Essays
To show your thinking about this work of literature at this time in your life
Other high school students who may or may not have read the book
Where do I start?
Writing Literary Analytical Essays
Gut response = working
aspect of the book
= a noun you can't sense through seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, or smelling
Aspect of the book
= any of the literary terms use to break a book down into smaller pieces (e.g. theme, character, setting, motif, climax, conflict, etc.)
Attitude = interpretation, evaluation, judgment, viewpoint, or opinion that involves a
"Tell Me" fact-inspired OPINION
a.k.a. topic sentence)
= what you quote from the book
enclose in quotation marks
provide the page number in parentheses
for gut response
= exposition for your passage
Introduction (a.k.a. "Tell Me")
Book title and author
Body (a.k.a. "Show Me")
(a.k.a. "So What?")
Point of greater insight
"Show me" FACTS about the book
signal phrase + comma
signal phrase + "that" (no comma)
full sentence + colon (:)
words and phrases only - no full sentences
five words or fewer
end punctuation after the parentheses
pay attention to inner and outer sentences
indented quotations - More than 4 lines in the book - refer to packet
"So What?" CONNECT the dots
= taking the
apart and examining
- REQUOTE words and phrases from the
and discuss the implications or baggage associated with those words and phrases.
- discuss the reasons why the
says or does whatever it is that he says or does in the passage.
- examine anything that is significant about the
- explain how your analysis supports your
point of greater insight
- a "thought gift" that turns the narrow beam of the "
flashlight" from the book to the world at large:
How does the thesis apply to life in general?
What change does the author want to see in the world?
- what does the
in my body paragraph prove?
Red = "tell me" (e.g. How do I interpret the facts?)
Blue = "show me" (e.g. What are the facts?)
Purple = "so what" (e.g. How do the facts support or inspire my interpretation?)