writing to shape the world: literary analysis paper

The File is the Book”The Civically Engaged Reader” Please check this

Choose either a poem or short story from the “Associating” section of The Civically Engaged Reader. Write a literary analysis that clearly communicates the main idea or “message” of the text. Collect specific quotes from the text that support your thesis statement. Your essay should include a thorough analysis of textual evidence that explains how each quote you chose supports the main idea. Be sure to correctly cite any quotes, including page numbers.  

Your essay should include the following:

  1. a clear introductory paragraph, including an attention grabber, the author and title of your chosen text, and a complete thesis statement that communicates the author’s “message;”
  2. focused, relevant, and thorough body paragraphs that explain how specific quotes support your thesis; and
  3. a strong, relevant conclusion paragraph that summarizes your argument and provokes further thought.

Remember that this genre of analytical writing should be written in the third person. Carefully review the rubric before submitting your work to the Milestone 1 Assignment dropbox before the due date.


  • Proofread your writing carefully for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 
  • Read your essay aloud to catch any errors.
  • Explain, in your own words, how your quote relates back to your thesis. Your explanation should always be longer than the quote itself. Never end a paragraph with a quote. Instead, explain what the quote shows and how it demonstrates your thesis.Writing to Shape the World: Literary Analysis Paper


Approximately 250 words