Quick Write

A theme is a central idea in a piece of writing or other work of art.

What theme or themes did you notice in “Woman Hollering Creek?”

Analysis vs Summary

Summary versus Analysis. What is the difference?

What does it mean to analyze literature?

Analysis : detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.

“Woman Hollering Creek”

La Llorona Prezi

What are some themes, recurring topics or ideas, that you have noticed?

Lets come up with a list of characters.

Arguable Thesis

Start with what interests you, to develop a point of analysis. You can choose a character, theme, issue, context, patterns, metaphors, authors style or language, etc. What is standing out to you and then you can develop that into a thesis.

You will be arguing that your analysis of the work is valid.

Developing Strong Thesis Statements

In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros is recasting traditional negative Mexican female archetypes in a positive light.

Focus on Thesis and Structure

One way to organize your analysis essay:

  • Introduce the text and state your arguable thesis.
  • Body paragraphs 1-3,4,5,6??? cite passages and explain how each supports your thesis and interpretation.
  • Conclusion, sum up your interpretation in light of your analysis
  • Document Sources, works cited.

You can choose other ways of organizing, as long as it is clear and  makes sense.

Student Video



What is a Literary Analysis?

Writing a Literary Analysis Presentation

Literary Analysis

The Art of Quoting

According to the book, what is the purpose of a citation?

When is the use of a citation appropriate?


  • China is the largest nation in the world.
  • A McDonald’s Big Mac® has 550 calories.

Why do these need support? Where can you find it?

Quote Sandwich

  1. Introduce the quotation p. 46
  2. Quote, relevant
  3. Explain Quotation p. 47

quotation sandwich

Quick Write

  • Why are citations important?
  • How did you find support for the claims?
  • Is it wrong to not cite sources?  Why or Why not?
  • How would you feel if your ideas or work were used without giving you credit?

Alternate Interpretation