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A Very Basic Guide to an Analytical Literature Based Essay

A Very Basic Guide to an Analytical Literature Based Essay



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Analytical Literature Essay, English, highschool, essay
Analytical Literature Essay, English, highschool, essay

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Very Basic
Guide To an Analytical Literature Based Essay1st Paragraph:
 Please introduce the idea.
Ex) The author’s name + novel or short story,
“I am a Short Story and So I Go InQuotes”/ I am a Novel and So I am Underlined OR Italicized But Not Both, is the story
(This is called general context and is where you speak generally about the plot of thestory – for example you may refer to the main character as “a woman” while in thenext sentence you will call her by her name
Over the course of the novel/story (this is called specific context and is where you describe in greaterdetail the main plot of the work of literature)
 _______________________. The primary idea that that author explores is his/her text is
(here is where you insert whatyou think is the central idea/theme/conflict of the work of literature)
Through his/her examination of (restate
the central idea/theme/conflict) Author’s Name Here hopes topersuade his/her readers that (Here is where you insert the writer’s purpose – whatdoes the writer want you, the reader, to take away from his/her novel or story?What is the moral or the message? This is your thesis).2nd Paragraph:
 Please introduce and describe the 1 st scene and explain how it  supports your thesis
The first scene I am going to examine takes place
here is where you want tocontextualizethe scene (i.e. in the first paragraph of the story when the reader meets the narratorfor thefirst time).
In this scene (describe
what is happening in the scene, preferably using aquote).
This scene is important because it shows
(explain how the scene is supporting yourthesis – because this is your first example, this scene may serve to introduce the main ideawhilelater scenes may develop or add complexity to that idea).3rd , 4th and 5th Paragraphs:
 Please continue to write about scenes show the
of the
central idea/theme/conflict 
. Remember that an ‘Apaper will use
at least one quote to anchor each paragraph and support and develop the thesis.
6th Paragraph:
 Please conclude your essay explaining how the scenes you have presented to your readers demonstrate the writer’s intention to convey a larger idea, message, or moral in his or her work of literature.
Ex) through a careful examination of Author’s Name and the title of his/her work here itis clear that one of the most prominent ideas in the novel/story is insert idea here
Specifically, it is possible to see the development of Author’s names here ideas aboutideahere in a number of scenes, including remind reader of the scenes you haveexamined.
Yet, the question remains, why does Author’s name here seem so intent uponconveying theidea that insert idea here to his/her readers. Here is where you can go in a numberof directions – I think, Perhaps he/she wants the reader to, etc. – as long as you attempttoanswer the question of why, as long as you are doing more than just showing that anideaEXISTS in a novel or story you are writing a successful essay!
AP English
The Junior Paper Assignment
The junior research paper will account for 50% of your 4th quarter grade (this means thatyou can't pass the quarter if you fail to hand in a paper). Here are a few of the basicrequirements:
The paper should focus on an approved work of literature written by a major American writer 
The paper needs to offer an in-depth literary analysis of the selected text
Please use 2 -3 critical sources to help you introduce, develop, and/or supportyour original thesis statement
The paper ought to be 10 - 12 pages in length
Please use complete and accurate MLA format when you document your sources.In addition to the final version of the paper itself, you are responsible for handing in (bothindividually and with the final paper):
A thesis statement (you may hand in a draft of the introduction if you like)
An outline
A total of 50 note cards (this is the
item that you do
need to hand in withthe final paper)
At least one draft of the paper Papers will be graded on the basis of content, organization, language and editing, andclarity and style. The grading rubric will be similar to those used throughout the year (see me if you need a copy of an old rubric). Any paper handed in late will lose 10 points daily (this means a paper that is 2 days late would lose 20 points). There are veryfew acceptable excuses for a late paper -”My computer ______________" is not one of them.

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