Writing a Literary Analysis What is the process?
Idea Generating <ul><li>Consider Elements (Character) </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Take Notes </li...
Thesis Sentence <ul><li>Determine your Interpretation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis sentence must have two components: </li...
Determine Focus of Analysis <ul><li>What different elements will you analyze? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Growth </li>...
Essential Components of Analysis <ul><li>Interpretation—What do you think? </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence/Details from the sto...
Evidence/Details from Story <ul><li>Paraphrase; in your own words, same length </li></ul><ul><li>Quoted; word for word fro...
Short Analysis Paper <ul><li>Title/Author of work </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation/Evide...
Documentation--Required <ul><li>In-text citations </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited page </li></ul>
In-Text Citations <ul><li>Needed for quotes only.  Page number(s) only in parentheses. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></u...
Works Cited Page—double spaced <ul><li>Last name # </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>Last name, First name o...
Summary <ul><li>Idea Generating step is essential to writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing all elements leads you to a vali...
Process <ul><li>Step by Step </li></ul><ul><li>Using Questioning Technique as Basis for Writing </li></ul>
Questions to Draft THESIS <ul><li>What is my subject? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I think about my subject? </li></ul>
Cont. <ul><li>What different elements will you analyze? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
Questions for Gathering information for BODY Paragraph(s) <ul><li>What notes support my thesis? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get ...
Essential Components of Analysis <ul><li>Interpretation—What do you think? </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence/Details from the sto...
Questions for Drafting Introduction <ul><li>Who is the author of this text? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the complete and acc...
Questions for Drafting Body  <ul><li>What point do I want to make in this paragraph? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic Sentence ...
Cont. <ul><li>Do any details need explanation? </li></ul><ul><li>What more can I add so that a reader who has not read the...
Questions to Draft CLOSING/CONCLUSION <ul><li>What is the most important idea which I want to leave my reader with? </li><...
What Documentation is needed? <ul><li>Did I use any quotes? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I follow the quotations with an in-text ...
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  1. 1. Writing a Literary Analysis What is the process?
  2. 2. Idea Generating <ul><li>Consider Elements (Character) </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Take Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine Your Interpretation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine some evidence which could be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at Charts or Notes from class </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Thesis Sentence <ul><li>Determine your Interpretation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis sentence must have two components: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject and Opinion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your subject? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your opinion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What you think about the character. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it to one sentence. Try not to enumerate if possible. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Determine Focus of Analysis <ul><li>What different elements will you analyze? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning/Catalyst for Change/End </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Importance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Main/Minor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protagonist/Antagonist/Foil </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity of Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round/Flat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic/Static </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traits: Appearance, Speech, Actions, Others, Environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What will you say about those elements? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Essential Components of Analysis <ul><li>Interpretation—What do you think? </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence/Details from the story—Why do you think that? </li></ul><ul><li>What order? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretations/Evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence/Interpretations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How many sentences/details needed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough so that your analysis is clear and convincing. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Evidence/Details from Story <ul><li>Paraphrase; in your own words, same length </li></ul><ul><li>Quoted; word for word from original text </li></ul><ul><li>Summarized; in your own words, longer section condensed </li></ul>
  7. 7. Short Analysis Paper <ul><li>Title/Author of work </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation/Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Sentence </li></ul>
  8. 8. Documentation--Required <ul><li>In-text citations </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited page </li></ul>
  9. 9. In-Text Citations <ul><li>Needed for quotes only. Page number(s) only in parentheses. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>When she learned the truth, “she laughed” (45). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited Page—double spaced <ul><li>Last name # </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>Last name, First name of author. “Title of Story.” Title of Book Edition. Eds. Editors’ Names. City Published: Publisher, copyright. Page numbers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Summary <ul><li>Idea Generating step is essential to writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing all elements leads you to a valid interpretation. </li></ul><ul><li>Note-taking gives you a place to begin, something to work with. </li></ul><ul><li>From your notes, decide what you want to discuss and what you want to omit. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not have to discuss everything. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Process <ul><li>Step by Step </li></ul><ul><li>Using Questioning Technique as Basis for Writing </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions to Draft THESIS <ul><li>What is my subject? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I think about my subject? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cont. <ul><li>What different elements will you analyze? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning/Catalyst for Change/End </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Importance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Main/Minor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character Function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protagonist/Antagonist/Foil </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity of Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Round/Flat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic/Static </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traits: Appearance, Speech, Actions, Others, Environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What will you say about those elements? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions for Gathering information for BODY Paragraph(s) <ul><li>What notes support my thesis? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get these from your charts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What details from the story are most useful to my interpretation? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any quotes (sections which are very strong) which I can use in my paragraphs? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Essential Components of Analysis <ul><li>Interpretation—What do you think? </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence/Details from the story—Why do you think that? </li></ul><ul><li>What order? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretations/Evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence/Interpretations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How many sentences/details needed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough so that your analysis is clear and convincing. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Questions for Drafting Introduction <ul><li>Who is the author of this text? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the complete and accurate title for this text? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a one to two sentence summary of this text? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This story is about. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is my thesis? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions for Drafting Body <ul><li>What point do I want to make in this paragraph? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic Sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How is this point important to my thesis? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my paragraph develop it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does my paragraph present a key question? Etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What details will be most useful in proving this point? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cont. <ul><li>Do any details need explanation? </li></ul><ul><li>What more can I add so that a reader who has not read the story understands the plot or events of the story? </li></ul><ul><li>What can I add to my paragraph so that my interpretation is clear? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions to Draft CLOSING/CONCLUSION <ul><li>What is the most important idea which I want to leave my reader with? </li></ul><ul><li>What can I add or stress about this character or about people in general? </li></ul>
  21. 21. What Documentation is needed? <ul><li>Did I use any quotes? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I follow the quotations with an in-text citation? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have a Works Cited Page? </li></ul>

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