Please read and follow directions carefully: Final Edit and Publication
DEADLINE IS NOW FRIDAY AT 11:59pm
Prepare your essay so that it represents proper MLA and Internet format. MLA format represents the rules followed in the world of English education, which you will see again at the university level. Internet format, well, that should be self-explanatory by now.
- Format: “Quote” (page #).
- Speak example: “I am Outcast” (4).
- Please note that there is not a period or a comma inside the second quotation mark.
- The only time a punctuation mark does appear inside the second quotation mark is when the quote is a question (so a question mark) or an exclamatory remark (so an exclamation point).
The first time you refer to the author, you use her full and proper name, Laurie Halse Anderson. Every time after that you merely call her by her last name, Anderson.
The first time you refer to the main character, you use her full and proper name, Melinda Sordino. Every time after that you merely call her by her first name, Melinda.
During an analysis essay, you refer to the writer and the actions of the characters in present tense.
- Speak example: Anderson describes Melinda as an “Outcast” (4) who isolates herself from her peers, parents, and teachers.
- Melinda rejects the social interactions of her peers after she is raped.
Titles must be directly related to the purpose of the paper. They must give the reader insight into the context of the writing; therefore, Speak Analysis Essay is inappropriate. It in no way indicates what the paper is actually about.
Strong MLA titles contain a verb along with the subject that is analyzed.
- Speak example: Silence to Security: Speak Mirrors Teenage Angst
- Paragraphs should be in block format, no indents.
- Title of book should be italicized, no quotes or underlining.
- “I” or “you” should not be present within your analysis essay. If you feel the need to address your audience when indicating some greater truth, use the universal “we”.
- Your essay should be hyperlinked to your essay title. DO NOT copy and paste the URL directly into your blog post.
Prepare your Google document: PDF
- Read and address all of the comments in your document. Once you have made all of the revisions you will make, “Resolve” all of the comments in your Google Document.
- Make sure the paragraphs are in block style: one space between each, no indents.
- At the top of your page, create an original title for your essay. Use 12 point font and center it.
- File: Publish to the web…
- Check the box next to “Automatically Republish When Changes are Made”
- “Start Publishing”
- Copy “Document Link” and close
- Continue following directions at step 6.
- Login to your blog and create a new post. Begin the reflection. See directions below.
In the post we just created, you will reflect on your experience writing the literary analysis essay and specific details of the essay itself. In at least one long paragraph, respond to the following questions in first person. (The questions do not need to be answered in order. Do not include the actual question in your post, only your response to them.)
- What is the thesis statement in your essay? Why did you choose to analyze this topic, theme, and motif in the novel?
- How does your essay express your deeper understanding of the novel?
- Describe your experience engaging in the writing process. Did feedback from other people help you? How? Did you work independently?
- How confident are you that the final product is a success? How do you know?
- What specific aspect of your essay is the most successful? What do you like about it?
- What part of your essay do you think you could have done better on?
*Create a new post for this reflection, with an original title (not your essay title). Remember to introduce your Literary Analysis Essay to the reader using its original title. Categories: Speak and CyberJournal. Sub-Category: Literary Analysis Tags: you decide. Hyperlink your Google Document to the original title within the post.
How to create hyperlinks in your writing.
- If you are making an external link, go to the site and copy the url first.
- Then, highlight text you want to serve as the link.
- Then, click on the hyperlink icon in the tool bar:
- Paste (Control+V) the url into the space provided.
- If you want the link to open in its own window, make that choice.
- If you want the link to go to an email address, mailto: must precede the email address.
- Don’t forget to click Insert.
Mini-Lessons: Work with group to complete your mini-lessons. Some groups will present as soon as next week!
Annotations: Read and Annotate pages 3-35 for Monday, November 5th.