So here is where we are headed next. I want the students to see that there are ZILLIONS of things to write about in a literary essay. Some are better than others--but if they can state a clear thesis and support it with plenty of evidence, they may just be able to craft a decent essay!
These materials will help you implement a literary analysis essay with your students. In the spirit of getting away from the five paragraph essay, it includes an outline template for a four-paragraph literary analysis, a peer-editing worksheet, and a rubric.
*****Literary Essay Writing Template***********Responding and writing about literature is a critical part of our students education, and they will be responding to literature all the way through college. It is important that students practice and master this type of writing; however, many students struggle with writing an essay and writing in general.
As an editor of the high school newspaper, the editor-in-chief of the high school literary magazine, and a college journalism major, I have clearly always been someone who doesn’t mind writing a research paper or an essay. In fact, I welcomed these assignments when I was still in school. I would pick a 10-page essay over a math test literally any day of the week. I’m a fast writer and I managed to get good grades on my papers even when I admittedly didn’t try very hard.