What questions do you have about the Analysis?
The structure of an analysis of literature can head in various directions. You can present a string of evidence to support a claim. You can examine similarities and differences. You can ask a question and explore ideas rather than a single point. In all these, you need to support a claim with reasons and evidence from the text.
You can think of these as the “chips and salsa” of a paragraph. The chips can be the reason supporting the claim and the salsa can be the textual evidence, quotes, lines, ideas, paraphrases, chapters, etc that support the reason.
- Introduction leading to claim
- First supporting reason + textual evidence
- Supporting reason + evidence
- 3rd, 4th, 5th supporting reasons + evidence for each
- Conclusion connecting the parts and making the argument clear. Answer the “So what?” question and give the significance. Why does this matter? Why should we care? What should we take away from your analysis? How does it help us understand the literary work better?
This is just one sample structure. You decide what the reasons and evidence are and how to organize the argument best. What do you need to so to prove your reading of the text?
Use a formal style.
Cite your evidence using MLA citations.
Also called parenthetical citations.
One Author: (Ramos 1)
Two Authors: (Smith and Ramos 2)
Three or more Authors: (Ramos et al. 2)
Take two minutes and write down your thesis and claims. What are you writing about and what points of support do you have? What scenes are you focusing on?
You will have 2 minutes to present your topic and points to a partner. Then they will have two minutes to present your topic and points to you.
Argument – a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
Remember, an argument uses reasons and evidence to persuade. Have you provided enough reasons and evidence to convince us of your position?
Keep these things in mind.
- Peer edit the same way you revise your own work.
- Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities.
- Offer suggestions for improvement.
- Praise what is genuinely good in the paper.
What is your plan of action for revising your essay? Comment below with your answer.
Gaming Can Make a Better World – Jane McGonigal
Write for four minutes on what stood out to you.
What can we learn from this?