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
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!)