In a literary analysis, the introduction is important because it needs to do some work. It needs to set up your argument, position, and prepare the reader for the work you are doing. Here are two examples from previous semester that do this well.
Look at how the author sets up their analysis. They don’t begin with I. They set up the topic, leading to their argument and thesis. Everything you need to know about the paper is in the introduction.
This intro has a lot of work to do to set up the more complex argument that the author is making. They spend more time explaining so that the reader can follow along with the argument. It includes their position.
Use any one of these as models to structure your introduction. Make sure to introduce your topic, explain your position, and provide a clear thesis.
What is Academic Writing?
The article “What is Academic Writing?” is a brief introduction to the writing you will be expected to do in college. The article begins by addressing common myths about what academic writing is. Which ones have you heard before? Think of one or two more myths, or ideas of writing, that you have heard before.
What stood out to you from the article? What questions do you have?
Never Marry a Mexican, The Movie
We have discussed the story Never Marry a Mexican in class. Now, imagine that we are tasked with casting the movie version of the short story. Who would you pick to play the parts of the story? Make sure to explain why.
- Drew’s Son
- Clemencia’s Mom
- Clemencia’s Dad
Come up with a cast for the movie. Pay special attention to Clemencia and Drew. Who would be perfect for the part? Why?