Thursday, April 9, 2015

Detailed Literary Analysis Layout

This following information is meant to be an explanation of the PARCC literary analysis layout I devised for my 7th and 8th grade ELA students.

Literary Analysis
General Outline


Sentence #1: Hook

Your hook needs to be a sentence that pulls the reader in. It also needs to be a general statement that everyone can agree with. Remember to keep it relevant to your text as well as your prompt (writing assignment).

Exp: Pride can be a dangerous thing.

Sentence #2: Authorial and textual reference

It is in this sentence that you reference the title of the text, the author, and the genre.

Sentences #3-6: Short summary

These four sentences need to be a brief summary of the text. You summarize in your introduction to give your reader an understanding of the text. Your introduction should be the ONLY place that you summarize.

Sentences #7: Thesis statement

Your thesis statement should answer your writing prompt (instructions).

Body Paragraph(s):

It is in your body paragraph(s) that you critically analyze the text based on the requirements of your prompt. It is important that you center the focus of your analysis around the requirements of your prompt AND your thesis statement.


For every one or two sentences in which you analyze the text, you need to have a sentence that directly and specifically answers (addresses) your prompt.

It is also important to remember that you should support your claims with evidence from the text; you need to use quotes from the text to support your analysis.


Your conclusion should restate your thesis statement in different words, summarize the main points of your body paragraphs, and have a “concluding sentence” in which your entire analysis is “wrapped up.”

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