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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 20

LITERARY ANALYSIS

ELA 20 Outcomes:
CC20.4 Write a literary analysis
AR20.1 Self-assess language abilities
AR20.2 Set goals and plans for language learning

WHAT IS A LITERARY ANALYSIS?


A literary analysis explains a piece of literature through interpretation.
The goal is to broaden and deepen understanding of a work of literature.
Interpretations are developed by an in-depth examination of a text.

WRITING A LITERARY ANALYSIS


Performance Task:
View the movies as if the main characters were your clients. As a social worker,
write an analysis of the situations for your supervisor at social services.
Goal - to analyze a literary work
Role - social worker
Audience - social services supervisor
Situation - view the situation in each movie as if the main character was your
client
Product - literary analysis
Scoring Standards:
Identifies text, author, and focus of the analysis
Analyzes theme, characters, and plot development
Introduces and focuses on the elements being analyzed
Uses developing paragraphs to explain the elements
Uses examples from the text to explain the elements
Includes enough details to help readers understand the point being made
Concludes by revisiting the focus of the analysis and summarizing it
Use before, during, and after strategies (the writing process)
Apply language cues and conventions to writing
Any questions?
Ask your teacher now.

BEFORE STRATEGY PLANNING


Use the organizers you used with the movies as your planning for the literary
analysis.

DURING STRATEGY DRAFTING


Create the rough draft of your literary analysis using the organizer below.

Paragraph #1 - Introductory Paragraph


Introduce the text you will be analyzing.

What are the patterns in the text?

State the thesis sentence how the patterns in the text are related.

Paragraph #2 - 1st Pattern


Pattern #1:

Supporting Information:

Paragraph #3 - 2nd Pattern


Pattern #2:

Supporting Information:

Paragraph #4 - 3rd Pattern


Pattern #3:

Supporting Information:

Paragraph #5 - Concluding Paragraph


Restate thesis sentence:

Summarize the 3 patterns.


#1:

#2:

#3:

Concluding Sentence:

After you create your first draft, it is helpful to confer with your teacher or peer to
communicate your hopes for the text, as well as to request feedback and
suggestions for your text.
Complete the sentence stems below to indicate the areas in your writing you
believe need improvement. Give these completed sentence stems and your
rough draft to your teacher or peer.

Id like you to help me with . . .


Im stuck on . . .
The part I like to most is . . .
The part I like the least is . . .

AFTER STRATEGY REVISING AND PROOFREADING


Before creating a final draft, you will need to revise and proofread your literary
analysis. Complete the checklist below to assist you in revising and proofreading.
REVISING AND PROOFREADING
Yes
Revising for Content and Meaning
Ive included everything I want to say.
I need to add other information.
There are enough details.
I need to remove details.
My writing is interesting.
The writing achieves its purpose.
There are unrelated ideas that distract the reader.
Revising for Organization
I have an introduction.
The thesis (main idea) is clearly developed and supported.
The order is clear.
The ideas and details are arranged in an effective order.
The connections between ideas and sentences are clear.
I have a good ending.
Revising for Sentence Structure and Flow
My sentences are clear and complete.
The sentences read smoothly.
I have used a variety of sentence structures (simple, compound, complex).
The subjects and verbs agree.
Revising for Word Choice, Spelling, and Usage
The language fits the audience and purpose.
I chose the best words.
I used some words too many times.
I left out some words.
I spelled all words correctly.
Proofreading for Mechanics and Appearance
I proofread for capitalization and punctuation.
The text I wrote is audible.
My polished draft is legible.
The layout I used is clear.
Conferencing
Did I use conferencing to improve my text?

Do your revisions directly on the rough draft you have written.

No

AFTER STRATEGY - POLISHING


After revising and editing, you will create a polished final version of your text.
Write your polished literary analysis here.

Your last step is to share your final product (by submitting it to your teacher, in
this case) and reflect on the process.

LITERARY ANALYSIS
Teacher Feedback
Outcome:
CC20.4 Write a literary analysis

Performance Indicators
Elements of a Literary Analysis
Did you identify the text, author, and focus of
the analysis?
Did you analyze the theme, characters, and plot
development?
Did you introduce the elements being analyzed?
Did you develop paragraphs to explain the
elements?
Did you use examples from the text to explain
the elements?
Did you include enough details to help readers
understand the point being made?
Did you conclude by revisiting the focus of the
analysis and summarizing it?

Before, During, and After Strategies


Did you use the writing process?

Language Cues and Conventions


Did you use language appropriate to audience,
purpose, and message?
Is the text consistent, logically arranged, and
connected?
Are words used correctly?
Is the text free of spelling errors?

Yes

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Comments

Level

Criteria
CC 20.4
Create Written
Informational &
Literary
Communications
AR 20.1
Self-Assess
Language
Abilities
AR 20.2
Set Goals and
Plans for
Language
Learning

Extending
Consistently and
Independently
demonstrates
Creates
memorable and
captivating
written
communications.
Perceptive selfassessment of
language
abilities
Astute learning
goal and plan set

Meeting
Regularly and
independently
demonstrates

Approaching
Sometimes
demonstrates
with or without
assistance
Creates effective Creates simplistic
and thorough
and superficial
written
written
communications. communications.
Relevant selfassessment of
language
abilities
Relevant
learning goal
and plan set

Beginning
Rarely
demonstrates
with or without
assistance
Creates
irrelevant and
undeveloped
written
communications.
Superficial selfConfusing selfassessment of
assessment of
language abilities language
abilities
Superficial
Irrelevant
learning goal and learning goal
plan set
and plan set