Kindness Survey:The Critical Literary Analysis PaperCompleted 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.+ Ryan S + RazaNeed some samples?
Need writing tips/skill reminders/strategies? Go to our class PPT on all parts of the process.Drafting ResourcesFinal Draft Rubric + Requirements (In case you lose the one I gave out in class)
- Check out this sample CLAP draft by Ms. Carlino that compares Catcher, Gatsby, and The Crucible
- Student Writings 2018: Here is 3 of your classmates' work - all of these earned top marks and remarks!
- Topic Sentences & Transitions
- ...check out this WHOLE PAGE of resources
- Paragraph Transitions: Hilariously & Helpful Video (which are connected to Topic Sentences but not always the same thing!)
- Transitions: Website with Written Explanation & Super Helpful video at the bottom.
- Transitions: Side by side comparison of essay with and without transitions
- Student Samples (from 2016)
- Sample Synthesis Paragraph we went over in class = TPSs + LOTS OF MODELING
- - How to Use - A few examples using Gatsby
- SSQs with Gatsby - from earlier in the year (you have this in your binders!)
- Intros and Conclusions
Evidence Collection + Organizing it into a Logical ArgumentOutliningStep 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 DocumentDone: Topic/Thesis Brainstorming:
- Full Outline Explanation and Rubric
- Thesis Creation How-To PowerPoint + Video (in-class and homework for 4/2)
- This breaks down the 4 parts of a thesis, modeling with sample thesis statements for Gatsby, and talks you through how to brainstorm this for 2 books.
- Video is on slide 26.
- If this doesn't work as a download, try this link for a shared OneDrive file...
- Preliminary Thesis Thinking - Use this to help you bring to align your texts and ideas.
- Thesis Prep Help: Comparing Characters - This is an additional resource to help compare characters.
- Samples from previous years
- Thesis How-To Help (you received this in hard copy as well)
- Common Themes in Literature
Done: Secondary Source Article+ Idea Collection
- First, see Ms. Bogan's databases webpage on all we have to offer.
- How to Search for Ideas + Evidence:
- Annotated Bib: Requirements, Sample, and Rubric
- Use this helpful, thorough video for Works Cited/Bib Formatting
- 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
- 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 :)
- 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.
- Literature Resource Center (almost exclusively Novels for Students
- Should filter by “Critical Analyses"
- Literary Reference Center (Masterplots, Magills, various helpful others) Should limit to “Literary Criticism”
- JSTOR (generally lengthier articles but super awesome content)
- 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)This follows Carlino's 11-Step Process
- Tips on how to read: Click to view or download the "Tackling Intellectual Reading," which has suggestions for strategies for reading taking.
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.
- Working outline
- Full Outline (which is where a LOT of the hardest work comes!!)