Essay 4: Analysis of Your Choice
Your final major essay is an analysis of one of the texts you’ve chosen in the past 2 modules.
- What is a central theme of this text?
- How does the author use literary elementsto express that theme?
- Engaging introduction that draws the reader in and provides context for the essay.
- Strong thesis statement that clearly articulates the writer’s central argument for the essay.
- Body paragraphs that include a topic sentence, ample evidence, and a connection back to the thesis statement.
- Effective selection and integration of evidence throughout, including MLA citations
- Conclusion that reiterates the thesis statement and considers why the theme identified in the essay is relevant to today’s readers.
- Overall effective analysis of a work of literature,demonstrating proficiency in the concepts covered in this course
- Creative title
- At least 3 pages typed in the appropriate format (see formatting sheet)
- Appropriate spelling, syntax, and grammar
How to begin writing:
- Review your active reading notes, blog post, and peer response for that story.
- Use what you’ve already written and thought about to fill in the outline below.
- Introduction of text (title, author, year)
- BRIEF (1-2 sentences) plot summary
- Thesis statement: What is a theme of this play, and what dramatic elements does the author use to express that theme? (Example: A theme of the film Frozen is that sisterhood is more valuable than romantic relationships, which we see through the characters, setting, conflict, and symbolism.)
- Body paragraph (include as many as you need)
- Topic sentence—what narrative element are you talking about in this paragraph
- Evidence—examples from the play (remember the quote sandwich!)
- Connection back to thesis/theme
- Reiterate thesis
- What makes this theme relevant to readers today?
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