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    The Critical Literary Analysis Paper
    Completed by all students in their junior year English class, this assignment requires each student to read two works by an American author and write a thesis-based paper blending observations from the student’s reading with research in contemporary criticism.  It is a rigorous assignment because of the number of steps included and the diligence required to produce a thorough analysis.  We will take great care in completing each of these steps throughout the year.  I encourage you to seek assistance early and often if you are struggling, as procrastination will make this process a nightmare.
    Early specificity = Later Simplicity.

    due dates
    Round 1 Round 2
    + Ryan S                                           + Raza

    Need some samples?
    Need writing tips/skill reminders/strategies?  Go to our class PPT on all parts of the process.
    Drafting Resources
     Final Draft Rubric + Requirements (In case you lose the one I gave out in class)
    Evidence Collection + Organizing it into a Logical Argument
    Step 1: Working outline + Ordered Evidence for Conference (Explanation Document)



    Step 2:  Full Outline (which is where a LOT of the hardest work comes!!)

    Evidence Note Cards:  Explanation Document

    Done:  Topic/Thesis Brainstorming:


    Done:  Secondary Source Article+ Idea Collection

    1. First, see Ms. Bogan's databases webpage on all we have to offer.
    2. How to Search for Ideas + Evidence:
      1. How to begin Research + Library Research Tools (I gave this out in class)
      2. Watch this YouTube Playlist of videos with suggestions. 
    3. Annotated Bib: Requirements, Sample, and Rubric
    4. You may use NOODLEBIB for Notecards and Bib and Works Cited.  See Ms. Bogan's citations & bibliographies webpage.




    Databases for finding Literary Criticism, aka Secondary Sources.

    Consider these recommendations/options

    1. To find PRINT resources:  Gale Literary Index:  This indicates what databases (both print and online) have info on your authors.
      • Search for your author, then hit Ctrl+F and search for your specific book title to find what's available.
      • Talk to the library about if we have that resource in print in the library.
      • Find on shelves, print, and read :)
    2. ABC-CLIO = E-books from Critical Companion on authors.
      • Search by book title or author
      • These contain multiple essays by different people discussing different works all in one place.  Highly helpful.
        •  *Note that we have these in the library too, but here they’re all online so all of you can utilize them.
    3. Literature Resource Center (almost exclusively Novels for Students
      • Should filter by “Critical Analyses"
    4. Literary Reference Center (Masterplots, Magills, various helpful others) Should limit to “Literary Criticism”
    5. JSTOR (generally lengthier articles but super awesome content)
    6. Bloom's "How to Write about Literature" Document:  These are long documents, but they have thought-provoking questions to help you narrow your topic before you write your CLAP essay:

    Reading Process (2017-2018)
    Book Choices + Reading and Analyzing
    • Book 2 Choice List (including Book Covers and content blurbs/previews)
    • Book 2 Due Dates
      • Friday, Febuary 2:  Submit your final choice to Ms. C in class
      • Wednesday, Feb 7:  Have your book in class.
      • Tuesday, Feb 20:  Notes checkpoint.  
      • Friday, March 2:  Portfolio due (more info to come)
    • Book 1 Due dates
      • Saturday, December 16:  Submit your top 3 choices to this google doc.
      • Wednesday, December 20:  Submit your final choice to Ms. C in class
      • Tuesday, Jan 2:  Have your book in class.
      • Tuesday, Jan 9:  First notes checkpoint.  You must have at least 20 notes w/ pages numbers.  
        • At least 10 of these must include DQs and page numbers from your book and these will count as a formative assessment.   Your notes must have at least: 4 quotations on character, 1 on setting, 2 on conflict, 4 others across any other topics.
        • Look at Ms. Carlino's sample notes on My Antonia.
        • ONLY due to turnitin.com if you type them.
    • Click to view or download the intro powerpoint

    Writing Process (from 2015-16 school year)


     Full Project Schedule and Checklist:


    * Please note:  For each day something is not handed in, there will be a deduction of 10% from the final grade for that assignment piece.  This includes weekends.  No papers will be accepted one week beyond the original due date.

    Also, no papers will be accepted without submission of all required prior assignment pieces.  The exception to this is the final draft.  Student may submit final draft having not handing anything in prior but will not earn the opportunity to revise.


    Other Helpful Resources for research:
    • American Literature Through the Ages:  This is without question the best resource you have.  Navigate through 200 years of the American Novel using scrollable tools and pulldown menus on this interactive PBS site.
    • Interviews with Writers:  Not all of these are American writers, but you may be able to find authors you're interested in on here and see what they have to say about writing.


     Revision Process!

    • Working outline
      • Sample Outline 1
      • Sample Outline 2
      •  Notice that these are different in form. Everyone approaches it differently, so the most important part is that it helps YOU begin to see the breakdown of your topics.


    •  Full Outline (which is where a LOT of the hardest work comes!!)