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Literary Analysis Essays
Your Splendid Introduction ____Key Parts An _______to capture the reader’s attention Your _____ (the point you will prove in your essay) Outline the main points of your essay (what you will talk about in your body paragraphs)
Title and Author You must include the title and author in your introduction
The Odyssey by Homer Epic heroes must represent the values and beliefs of a culture. In The Odyssey by Homer Odysseus proves himself worthy of the title epic hero. He does this by being both brave and clever.
Body Paragraphs Topic Sentences- the first sentence in your body paragraph. It MUST have _____________ Commentary is _________________________________ Commentary- YOUR opinion
Topic Sentences- the good, the bad and the ugly is by far the best quidditchGood Example- Harry Potter is by far the best quidditch player at Hogwarts Bad example- Harry Potter plays quidditch. Ugly example- I love Harry Potter (this has nothing to do with your thesis) Your example:_____________ ____________________ ____________________
The Odyssey Topic Sentences- If my essay is about Odysseus being brave and clever one body paragraph is on him being brave. Odysseus shows he is an epic hero by being brave in many dangerous situations throughout The Odyssey. Your example:_____________________________________
Concrete Details Concrete Details- your EVIDENCE. CDs are quotes or facts from the story that you will use to prove your topic sentence. Your example of a concrete details of Odysseus being Brave:
Concrete Details Harry Potter often captures the golden snitch winning the game for Gryffindor. One example * One example of Odysseus’s bravery is when he goes to find his men who have been turned into pigs by Circe
Transitions Transitions are words that go in Of your concrete details One example, Another example, For instance, In addition One example, Another example, For instance, In addition, Your example of a concrete details with a transition: ________________________ _________________________________ FRONT
Commentary- your opinion and analysis Commentary is your opinion and analysis of your concrete detail. The job of commentary is to ________ how your Concrete details prove your _______________
The job of commentary is to show how your CD proves your topic sentence CD- One example of Odysseus being brave is when he goes to rescue his men, who have been turned into pigs, from the Goddess Circe COMM- __________ that Odysseus could have just left them behind, but he cares for his men so he willing to risk his life to save them.
Magical List of Commentary Starters Obviously, This means, This example shows, It is clear that, It seems like, Most would agree that, It is as if,
Organizing your Essay Introduction Body Paragraph Conclusion Hook, Thesis, Outline your main points TS (topic sentence) CD (concrete detail – don’t forget your transition*) CM-commentary (analyze not summarize) CD CM CD CM CS- concluding sentence Restate your thesis, summarize your main ideas, closing statement/idea
The End! Time to write your fabulous essay! You are a hero! You are brilliant! You can and will Write a fabulous essay!
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