Literary Analysis Middle School. Creating Effective Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences for Literary Analysis from Laying the Foundation January 2011. What is a thesis statement?.
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Creating Effective Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences for Literary Analysis
from Laying the Foundation
In (title of work) ________________, (the author) _____________ uses (imagery, details, dialogue, foreshadowing, personification, metaphor, etc.) ______________________ to (reveal, show, explore, portray, convey, emphasize, suggest) _________________ the (mood, tone, theme, purpose) ____________.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.
Is a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied,
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blow spume and the sea gulls crying.
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted* knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn* from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
What is a topic sentence, and how does it relate to a thesis statement?
Read the thesis statement and then select the two topic sentences that best relate to the thesis statement. Find evidence from the poem that supports your choice.
In the poem “Sea-Fever,” John Masefield reveals his complex attitude toward sailing by using diction, imagery, and figurative language to convey the lonely but exciting life of a sailor.
Topic Sentences (choose two):
Pick one of the following literary analysis thesis statements for an essay for “Sea-Fever.” Write two possible topic sentences for the essay.
Read the following writing prompts. Choose one of the prompts. Now write one thesis statement and at least two topic sentences that would response appropriately to the prompt.
Think of someone who is your personal hero. In a well-developed composition, describe this person and explain two qualities you most admire about him or her.
Review an essay that you have written. Identify your thesis statement and the topic sentences in each of your paragraphs that relate to your position. Use the following outline on a separate sheet of paper.
Thesis Statement: ____________________________________________________________________