2StandardsELACC8RL1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.This will also apply to the majority of your 9th-12th grade common core literary reading and writing standards
3Analyzing a TopicLook at your essay topic and figure out what it is asking you to do.Figure out what you want to say about your topic (Assertion)Figure out the evidence you will use to support your topic (Direct quotations and paraphrasing)Figure out how you will divide the information into paragraphs
4The House of the Scorpion Prompt In The House of the Scorpion, the theme of prejudice and discrimination based on stereotypes is prevalent throughout the text. Write a well developed, multi paragraph essay showing how the theme develops throughout the story. Use specific details and evidence from the text to support your argument.
5What is AEC?AEC is a formula for writing. A lot of high school teachers at RHS love it and suggest it to make literary analysis easier for you.It stands for:AssertionEvidenceCommentary
6What is Assertion?Assertion is a statement that offers an opinion about a subject or something to prove about a subject.It’s basically like a thesis statement or a controlling ideaSet up your sentence like this:Subject + something to proveSubject + opinion
7Sample Assertion based on the queen in Snow White Writing Prompt: Describe the queen’s attitude about herself in the fairytale Snow White. An assertion will answer the prompt: In the fairytale Snow White, the queen is vain.
8Look back at the Prompt for our Book, and write your own assertion now In The House of the Scorpion, the theme of prejudice and discrimination based on stereotypes is prevalent throughout the text. Write a well developed, multi paragraph essay showing how the theme develops throughout the story. Use specific details and evidence from the text to support your argument.
9What is EvidenceThe evidence offers an example to support your assertion.This evidence or concrete detail, is a specific example from the text that proves the opinion offered by the assertion.Evidence sentences should include:A transitionA contextual lead inA concrete detail (Quotation, fact, paraphrasing)(TLC)
10Here is an example from Snow White Assertion: In the fairytale Snow White, the queen is vain.Evidence: For example, when the queen wakes up every morning, she looks into her magic mirror, and she says, “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”Find the:TransitionContextual Lead inConcrete Detail/Quotation
11Your Evidence for this Essay In The House of the Scorpion, your evidence will be your quotations. You only need to select 3-6 of them for now (1-2 per paragraph), but you may certainly do more if you like!Be sure to introduce each quote with a transition and a contextual lead in.
12What is CommentaryCommentary explains why the evidence supports the opinion given in the assertion.It explains the thinking behind your exampleYou should have 2 commentary sentences for each example (in general)
13Commentary Example for Snow White Topic Sentence: In the fairytale Snow White, the queen is vain. Evidence: For example, when the queen wakes up every morning, she looks into her magic mirror, and she says, “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Commentary 1: Looking in the mirror daily and praising her own beauty is a self-centered act. Commentary 2: The queen is more concerned about her own appearance than anything else in her life.
14In the Scorpion Essay…You will simply use your analysis paragraphs to help you build your commentary sentences.
15A Basic ParagraphGenerally, a body paragraph in an essay will go like this:Topic Sentence (mini assertion)EvidenceCommentaryConclusion/transition Sentence
16Fancy Body Paragraph Topic Sentence Lead in/Evidence (Quote) Commentary (Explain the quote)Commentary (Explain the Quote)It just depends on the specific requirements.
17In High School, Never Use: I, Me, MyYouThis shows…This proves…The teachers will expect you to use FORMAL register in an analysis piece. This is different from extemporaneous argument/expository where we could use Casual Register.
18To earn your grade, you must: Have an intro withA lead inAn assertionHave evidence that:Uses 3-6 Quotations (1-2/body paragraph)Has transitions and lead insHas correct citationsHas quotations formatted correctlyHave 2 or more pieces of commentary for each quotationHave a conclusionHave correct punctuationHave correct capitalizationHave correct usage