Tag Archive for literary analysis essay

World Lit:TFA Essay, Due Today!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Get out your essay from yesterday and read it over carefully. Check for any errors, then grab a highlighter and go through and highlight each of your quotes, including the lead-in. Make sure you have at least five!! And make sure you copy down the Work Cited for the end of your paper:

Work Cited

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Penguin Books, 2017.

Work Session: 

You will have the whole class period to finish your final draft of your essay. Don’t waste this time; your essay is due today!

Closing Session:

Do a final read over of your essay – out loud! – and then turn it in to the basket!

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

World Lit:Things Fall Apart essay, Day 3

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Get your essay out from yesterday and trade with a friend. Read over each others’ essays and give some feedback to your buddy! You should specifically look for these things:

  • Does it make sense?
  • Do all the quotes have lead-ins?
  • Do you see any careless errors (like problems with capitalization or punctuation)?

Work Session: Today we are going to continue working on our literary analysis essay!

In case you need to catch up, here’s the prompts::

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine a character Okonkwo’s response to the cultural collision caused by the introduction of Western ideas into Ibo culture. In your essay, analyze how the collision challenges Okonkwo’s sense of identity, and explain how his response shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

    • Choose a character
    • Write about how they reacted to the Europeans showing up and destroying their culture
    • Specifically focus on how the character’s sense of identity was affected
    • Relate the character’s reactions to the meaning of the work as a whole.

–OR–

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine how Chinua Achebe reveals a specific theme over the course of the work. In your essay, analyze how the author initially reveals the theme and explain how this theme is developed over the course of the book, and explain how this theme shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

  • Choose a theme.
  • Write about how Achebe shows that theme in Things Fall Apart.
  • Explain how that theme is developed or refined over the course of the novel.
  • Relate that theme to the meaning of the work as a whole.
  • ***As a reminder, a theme is a WHOLE SENTENCE. Do not say the theme is “tradition.” Instead, say a theme is “tradition will always conflict with progress.”

And here are the essay requirements!

  • 1000 words – that is at least two pages, front and back, handwritten (or four pages, fronts only, handwritten. If you choose to type at home, you can use the word count tool).
  • At least five quotes from the book that support your analysis of a character or theme.
  • Each quote needs a lead-in sentence
    • That means you must say something like, “Okonkwo shows a great change over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the book, Okonkwo shows great strength by becoming very influential in Umuofia, despite the fact that he “did not have the start in live which many young men usually had” (Achebe 16).
    • Pro tip: Once you have included five quotes with lead-ins and citations, plus your header and works cited and title and so on, that’s like 250 words right there. So that’s 25% of your essay already!
  • You must include a Work Cited at the end of your paper. You will only cite one thing – the book. DO NOT use outside research for this paper!

Closing Session:

Let’s do a check-in – by the end of class today, you should have a good working draft of an essay that just needs revision tomorrow. I’ll come around and conference with everyone to see where you are.

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

World Lit: Things Fall Apart Essay, Day 1

Welcome back! Let’s write an essay!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can write a literary analysis of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Crash Course Literature: Things Fall Apart, Part II:

Work Session: Today we are going to start working on our first writing assignment for this unit, a literary analysis! You have two choices for the prompt:

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine a character Okonkwo’s response to the cultural collision caused by the introduction of Western ideas into Ibo culture. In your essay, analyze how the collision challenges Okonkwo’s sense of identity, and explain how his response shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

    • Choose a character
    • Write about how they reacted to the Europeans showing up and destroying their culture
    • Specifically focus on how the character’s sense of identity was affected
    • Relate the character’s reactions to the meaning of the work as a whole.

–OR–

  1. Your assignment is to write an analytical essay about Things Fall Apart in which you examine how Chinua Achebe reveals a specific theme over the course of the work. In your essay, analyze how the author initially reveals the theme and explain how this theme is developed over the course of the book, and explain how this theme shapes the meaning of the work as a whole.

So, in other words:

  • Choose a theme.
  • Write about how Achebe shows that theme in Things Fall Apart.
  • Explain how that theme is developed or refined over the course of the novel.
  • Relate that theme to the meaning of the work as a whole.
  • ***As a reminder, a theme is a WHOLE SENTENCE. Do not say the theme is “tradition.” Instead, say a theme is “tradition will always conflict with progress.”

Today you’ll be prewriting. In your Springboard book on page 279 you will find a long list of prewriting questions. I would like for you (on your own paper) to address each thing on this prewriting checklist, and check it off as you complete each question/task.

Tomorrow we begin the essay!

Closing Session: Share out! Which character or theme are you writing about?

Assessment: Informal (prewriting check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

World Lit: Bonus Essay Day

So we had a ton of people absent on Friday, which means a lot of you missed a day of typing on your essay. So I decided to snag the laptop cart for an extra day and give y’all a bonus day to work on your essays! They’re due today, for real this time!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can develop an argument about a theme in Julius Caesar.

Opening Session: Peer Edit: Trade laptops with a partner and read over your buddy’s essay. Spend ten minutes giving them feedback on how they can improve their writing!

Work Session: Grab a laptop and work on your essay! Finish it up because it’s due today (for real this time, this is your bonus day)!

Closing Session: Upload your essay to tinyurl.com/BristowWorldLit! Make sure you save your essay with YOUR NAME in the file name!!

Assessment: Formal (essay)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

World Lit: Writing a Literary Analysis Essay, DUE TODAY!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can develop an argument about a theme in Julius Caesar.

Opening Session: VOCAB!

  1. Barren
  2. Conceit
  3. Augmented
  4. Insurrection
  5. Affability
  6. Conceit
  7. Stoic
  8. Salutation
  9. Peril
  10. Gallant

Work Session: Grab a laptop and work on your essay! Finish it up because it’s due today!

Closing Session: Upload your essay to tinyurl.com/BristowWorldLit! Make sure you save your essay with YOUR NAME in the file name!!

Assessment: Formal (essay)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)