Analytical paragraphs for literature in our class have EIGHT (8) elements built around two pieces of direct text evidence (quotes) from a text.
This is an example that you MUST follow:
- Topic sentence (this is what the paragraph is about. It is a claim that must be proved and everything you write in the paragraph relates directly to proving it. It is only one sentence and thus has a subject and a verb.
- Introducing the evidence and building context (two sentences max.)
- First direct evidence (direct quote)
- Analysis/commentary on first evidence (two sentences max.)
- Transition and introduction of second evidence (two sentences max.)
- Second direct evidence (direct quote)
- Analysis/commentary on second evidence (two sentences max.)
- Concluding sentence paraphrasing and building slightly on the topic sentence
Anything less than this = not good, not complete. Anything more than this = unnecessary, irrelevant
There will be times when teachers specify different amounts of text evidence (sometimes one quote and sometimes more than two). Your analytical paragraph lengths will adjust accordingly but the basic elements will always be the same.
Examples and model paragraphs are located in our class resources guide through the Lausanne website.