Writing Essays in Literature Classes

Brainstorm the question/assignment:

Refine your focus:

Make sure that your essay is developed out of your close analysis of selected passages found in the readings:

Think about how to organize your paragraphs to create an effective argument.

For short papers, start fast.

Adapted from: Ida Masters Hollowell, James A. Levernier, A. Franklin Parks, Structuring Paragraphs: A Guide to Effective Writing. 2nd ed. New York: St. Martin's,1986.

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