Let’s revise your draft!
Step 1 View the following Videos
Step 2 Read the following textbook assignment
Please read Practical Argument pgs 637-647 on literary arguments.
Step 3 Complete the following activity
Literary Analysis Self-Editing Checklist
A great tip for catching simple errors is by listening to your essay read out loud. You can either read it out loud to yourself OR you can highlight your entire essay, hit “copy,” and then paste it into Google Translate (Links to an external site.) (click). Make sure that you click “English,” then press the listen button. Listen very carefully to catch mistakes in your writing. Answer in 3 to 4 sentences: Listen for the flow of your essay, does it make sense? Are there parts that are confusing, and need more explanation or transitions?
Answer the following questions:
- Do you have a hook? Underline it.
- Do you state the title and author of your story in the first one or two sentences? Circle it.
- Is the title of the novel italicized?
- Do you give a 2-4 sentence summary of the story? Highlight it in yellow.
- Does your plot summary lead smoothly into your thesis?
- Is your thesis at the end of your introduction?
- Does each body paragraph only discuss one main reason/point?
- Does each body paragraph have a topic sentence that introduces that point?
- Does each body paragraph have plenty of support?
- Do you have TWO quotation sandwiches in each paragraph? Put a star next to each quotation sandwich.
- Are all direct quotes from the story correctly written and in quotation marks? Did you include the page number? Draw an arrow next to you page numbers.
- Are all quotes introduced in your own words? Context! Underline your context sentences in
- Are all quotes explained in your own words? Commentary! Underline your commentary sentences in
- Does each body paragraph end with a tie back to the thesis?
- Do you have transitions between body paragraphs that make them flow smoothly together? Circle all your transitions.
- Do you restate your thesis in different words?
- Do you summarize your main points?
- Do you end with an evaluation?
- Does your essay sound like it’s done?
- Do you talk about the story in present tense?
- Is the essay in third person? (No I, me, my, mine)
- Are you focused on your thesis, not on giving a summary of the story?
- Does everything in your essay relate to and support the thesis?
- Is your essay in the correct MLA format?