Analysis Writing 5-Paragraph Essay



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Analysis Writing 5-Paragraph Essay

  • Self-Editing

Read your essay out loud to yourself – check for:

  • Read your essay out loud to yourself – check for:
  • Fluency/Flow
  • Spelling/grammar
  • Word choice
  • Clarity of ideas
  • *Make corrections as needed

To Complete On Your Own Draft:

  • Using different colored highlighters, identify AND label in your INTRODUCTION:
  • -the hook
  • -the bridge/background info.
  • -thesis
  • *Make sure you have an underlined or italicized book title and the author stated somewhere

To Complete On Your Own Draft:

  • Using different colored highlighters, identify AND label in your body paragraphs (3):
  • -topic sentence
  • -concrete detail
  • -commentary/analysis
  • Circle all your transitions
  • Label each “chunk” in your paragraph with the main idea presented

Look at your topic sentences:

  • Are they the first sentence in the paragraphs?
  • Do they focus on ONE big idea and the significance they have to the text?
  • Do they relate back to your thesis topic?

Look at EACH of your concrete details…

  • Are they quotes right from the book/Paraphrased summaries of what happened?
  • Do they SUPPORT your topic sentences/thesis?
  • Are they punctuated AND cited correctly? “blah blah blah” (20).
    • Are they embedded?
    • Would they be interesting if they stood alone?

Look at EACH of your commentaries/analysis pieces

  • Are they original ideas that are not tangible or found in the story?
  • Do they connect to your concrete detail?
  • Are they YOUR opinion?
  • Do they answer the “so what?” about your concrete detail?
  • Are they interesting/not too obvious?
  • Do they CONNECT to your topic sentences/thesis?

Look at your conclusion…

  • Do you REPHRASE your thesis?
  • Do you summarize your main points? (look at your topic sentences for the BIG ideas)
  • Do you leave your reader satisfied – your thoughts are complete and clear?
  • Do you relate back to your hook if possible?

Last thoughts…

  • If you don’t have transitions between ideas, add some! Use the transition sheet for help.
  • If your main ideas don’t support your thesis, then change your thesis, or change your ideas!
  • Third person?
  • Present tense?



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