During Your Reading of the Book:

Carefully and Critically Read your Book
See Critical Reading Guide for kinds of Questions you can ask as you are reading.
As you are reading - engage the text (ask questions, make comments, etc.)
Identify themes engaged by the book - see Literary_Elements_Handout.doc for Clear Definition of THEME.

Choose one to two themes to place close attention to

Work on a Quote Databank with that theme in mind.
See

Studying the Book - After You Finish Reading the Book:

Develop an Interpretive / Critical Thesis Question
Use your active reading notes to choose your focus question for analyzing the book
Choose a question that connects to a theme in the book.

Gather Textual Evidence - Review the Text & Quote Databank
See power-point on Types of Evidence that can be used in a literary analysis (quotes, analysis of characters, plot, theme, language, literary elements, etc.)

Integrate Literary Elements as supporting Details when applicable: literayanalysisdetails.ppt

Initial Brainstorming / Outlining:

Make a preliminary outline with main answers to your question

Develop a Thesis Statement. You need to THINK in order to come up with an original, innovative and analytical thesis

- make sure that you have the most original, sophisticated and clear thesis possible

Create a clearer outline using your final thesis statement

Writing /Drafting:

Write your First Draft

Get a minimum of Two Peer Reviews

Draft your writing - as many times as you can until you your essay is due!
See expectations for peer review
Use the in your revision process

Turn in a Final Draft that you are proud of