Overview: A literary analysis is an argumentative essay about a literary work. A
Overview: A literary analysis is an argumentative essay about a literary work. Although some summary is needed within
the essay, the objective is to NOT write a report about a story. Instead, a literary analysis discusses your
interpretation of a text through careful examination of the author’s literary choices: word choice, themes,
motifs, devices, as well as many other literary elements.
In 1500-2000 words, write a literary analysis wherein you analyze how social class is depicted in Toni Cade
Bambara’s “The Lesson” and Dexter Jeffries’ “Sailboats in Central Park.” Be sure to support your analysis with
evidence from the texts.
Format of Paper
▪ Format: MLA (8th edition)
▪ Layout: Double spaced, standard margins
▪ Word Count: 1500-2000 words (not including the Works Cited page)
▪ Font: Times New Roman, Size 12.
– The name of the texts, the authors, and a brief, but comprehensive, summary of the texts
– Explain the lens that is shaping your analysis. In this case, social class.
– Thesis statement
Body Paragraph 1, 2, 3 (focus on one of the texts)
– Topic sentence (P)
– Supporting details (I)
– Evidence (E)
– More supporting details (more “E”)
– Summation sentence that wraps up the paragraph (S)