Revised Literary Analysis

Here are the elements I will be reading for in your final revised literary analysis:

  • Has a specific focus around a compelling question. (For example, “How does Frederick Douglass use scripture in his text?” “What forms of resistance does Zitkala-Sa engage in…and what’s interesting about those?”
  • Provides textual evidence (quotes from primary source) to support claims. Textual evidence  includes both “in-text” citations and block quotes.
  • Demonstrates close reading of specific textual passages that address the context of the passage, what it’s saying, what the key ideas are, and why it’s important.
  • Provides deeper or new insights about the primary text.  This means that you (as the writer) teach readers something new or interesting about the primary text. You’ve invited us to see an aspect of the text in a new or different way.
  • Incorporates an idea from the Smith and Watson chapters: either a key idea from autobiography OR one specific “tool” from their “tool kit.” Be sure to define and explain the terms you’re working with .
  • Arrives at a thesis or “argument” about the compelling question. Moves beyond the obvious to arrive at an important discovery about your focus and compelling question.
  • Has a title, uses MLA documentation style, includes page numbers (both in the essay and for all quotes), 5 pages.

Include revised essay, first draft, and blog tally in one pocket folder. You’ll find a pdf of a handy-dandy blog grid you can print and fill out on the syllabus page of this blog! Due in class on Monday, March 14th.  No late work will be accepted.


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