Reflection: Modeling Drafting our Analysis - Section 1: Starter


I admit, this set of lessons shows my extremely anal-retentive side, but I swear there is a method to my madness! 

I'm not one to brag, but I am a literary analysis Goddess (sounds an awful lot like bragging, doesn't it?).  Truly, though, everyone has a gift.  Mine happens to be looking through multiple texts and creating an analytical thesis and essay.  I love to do this.  Comparative literature courses in college were my FAVORITE.  No, I'm not being facetious.

I don't hide this freakish side of my personality from my students.  I talk it up.  I revel in their looks of shock, horror, and disgust.  And, even though they find me odd, I talk about how this is all to their personal benefit.

This particular system of writing an essay: analysis, thesis, body paragraphs, intro, conclusion, THEN title is how I work.  I figure, if it works for me, maybe it will work for them too.  Writing is a messy process, and sometimes you have to dive into the middle and roll around in the details for a bit before you even know what it is you want to say.

If this middle-first approach makes your head spin, then by all means work in a way that makes sense for you, so that you can be loud and proud with your inner writing freak too! 

It's less about doing it "right," and more about showing our kids that there are lots of ways to get to the right answer, and no one of them is better than the others.

  My Personal Writing Process
  Modeling: My Personal Writing Process
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Drafting our Analysis

Unit 10: A Literary Analysis of Tom Sawyer
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT produce a five-paragraph literary analysis essay using a self-created outline

Big Idea: Turning all of your great ideas into a spectacular essay!

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