ASSIGNMENT: Your assignment is to write a character analysis of Michael, Mina, or Skellig from David Almond’s Skellig. Once you have chosen a character, choose THREEADJECTIVES that describe that character. These adjectives, or character traits, will be the basis of your essay.
Assignment must be typed, font size 12-Times New Roman and double-spaced.
Any late work will result in a deduction of 10 points per day.
Characterization: The analysis of your character is based upon evidence from the novel. You are to use the three adjectives you chose as the basis for characterizing. Examine what the character says, how he/she acts, what he/she thinks, to provide the support for the adjectives you chose. The evidence must come in the form of direct quotations, paraphrasing and identification of page locations and chapters in each body paragraph.
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Organization: The analysis shows an introduction with a thesis, body paragraphs and a conclusion that follow a logical sequence. The body paragraphs are arranged by one key character trait/adjective per paragraph. The analysis is approximately 2 pages in length.
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Grammar/Usage/Mechanics: Correct grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation and capitalization are used for this grade level. Use of strong vocabulary is evident.
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Format: Proper MLA heading, title and citations; final copy is typed as stated on rubric. Project is neat and stapled together.
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Detailed Outline for Skellig Character Analysis Essay
Introduction – Be sure to identify the author and title of the book. Give a brief summary of the book. Identify the character you will be analyzing. You must include a thesis statement. This is the last sentence of the introduction. It should have the character’s name and the three traits that your essay is all about. For example: With the help of Michael and Mina, Skellig starts out being hopeless, but develops into a caring and mystical creature. This would be a thesis statement for analyzing Skellig. Never use words like these, “In the essay, I will discuss…”
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Three Body Paragraphs – the topic sentence for each body paragraph includes one character trait/adjective you chose to describe your character. For example, Skellig comes across as someone who has lost hope and is full of sarcasm. Follow the topic sentence with evidence from the novel: examples from the story that support your topic sentence and at least one direct quotation from the novel in each body paragraph. Next, explain how your examples support your topic sentence, and conclude each body paragraph with a summarizing “clincher” sentence to wrap-up your ideas.
Conclusion – re-state your thesis statement and add some final thoughts about your character and/or the novel … leave the reader in awe of your wisdom!
How to cite quotes from the book
Example #1 Basic Quotation
Create an intro to your quotation to help the reader understand its meaning.
Michael not only enjoyed playing football (soccer), but he also used it to release some of his anxiety and stress. While playing with his friends, Leakey and Coot, he went all out. “I played football as hard as I could…There was blood trickling from a little cut over my eye” (128).
After every quote, write the page number in parenthesis, followed by a period.