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Writing a literary analysis essay Advanced Placement English 12
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Determine the order you will use this information. ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Add your research to your “outline.” ,[object Object]
Begin to write the paper. ,[object Object]
Writing an introduction. ,[object Object],[object Object]
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Using our thesis statement from earlier, let’s write an introduction. ,[object Object]
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An effectively-written and well-organized introductory paragraph should act as a signpost for the rest of the paper.
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We finally add the “clincher.” ,[object Object]
The final conclusion looks something like this: ,[object Object]
And oila! Your essay is complete! A+

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