AP English Language 2020-2020: February 2020

You will be writing a 4-5 pp. Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn using a literary critical approach of your choosing. Use Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced. Form -- Use the MLA format for writing literary papers. The introduction must introduce the literary work, capture the reader's attention, and include a clearly written thesis statement that contains the literary interpretation. The body of the essay must support the thesis statement through evidence--facts, examples, summaries--and commentary--opinions, analysis, interpretation, insight. The conclusion summarizes the interpretation and allows the writer to draw attention to the most important aspects of the analysis. Reread the literary work several times. This seems logical to teachers. It's not logical for students. Read through the first time to get a feel for the work. Reread and look for passages and ideas that stand out or have special meaning. Before drafting, brainstorm possible interpretations. A good strategy is to write annotations as you read. Discuss the interpretation with others who have read the work.


As a teacher, it's important to have class discussions on works being analyzed. What is the main point of the essay? This main point should be clearly identified in the thesis statement. What evidence best supports the interpretation? Are there any points that should be added to clarify the interpretation? Is there any superfluous evidence that could be deleted? Writing a Summary: No matter how many times you emphasize that you do not want a summary, you'll still get them. The only way to eliminate this error is to model analysis and give really low grades to students who summarize rather than analyze. Listing Facts: A close relative of the summary is listing facts. It's also called the, "I'll list as many facts as I can about this literary work and hope the teacher doesn't grade it very closely" syndrome. Explain that listing facts without explaining how the fact supports the thesis statement or why that fact is important is useless. Having No Evidence: At the other end of the bad analysis spectrum is the no evidence analysis. It consists of nothing but conjecture. Use the guidelines below to learn how to use literary quotations.



Writing Center class entitled Literary Analysis? · As you choose quotations for a literary analysis, remember the purpose of quoting. · You use quotations to support this argument; that is, you select, present, and discuss material from the text specifically to "prove" your point--to make your case--in much the same way a lawyer brings evidence before a jury. · Quoting for any other purpose is counterproductive. For the most part, you must reproduce the spelling, capitalization, and internal punctuation of the original exactly. Commas and periods go inside the closing quotation marks; the other punctuation marks go outside. Lawrence insisted that books "are not life"; however, he wrote exultantly about the power of the novel. Why does https://essayfreelancewriters.com/blog/position-essay/ to point out that "Books are not life"? When quoting lines of poetry up to three lines long (which are not indented, see Indenting quotations), separate one line of poetry from another with a slash mark (see examples in Incorporating Quotations into Sentences).


If for the sake of brevity you wish to omit material from a quoted passage, use ellipsis points (three spaced periods) to indicate the omission. When quoting, you may alter grammatical forms such as the tense of a verb or the person of a pronoun so that the quotation conforms grammatically to your own prose; indicate these alterations by placing square brackets around the changed form. When he hears Cordelia's answer, Lear seems surprised, but not dumbfounded. Prose or verse quotations less than four lines long are not indented. For quotations of this length, use the patterns described above. Indent "longer" quotations in a block about ten spaces in from the left margin; when a quotation is indented, quotation marks are not used. The MLA Handbook (1995) recommends that indented quotations be double-spaced, but many instructors prefer them single-spaced. The meaning of "longer" varies slightly from one style system to another, but a general rule is to indent quotations that are more than two (or three) lines of verse or three (or four) lines of prose. Indent dialogue between characters in a play. Post was created with the help of Essay Writers!


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