Miami Dade College The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Literary Analysis submit your final literary analysis essay by 4/13. Make sure you meet the 900 word count, that you write in MLA style and that you do not have similarity higher than 20% READ THE GRADING RUBRIC Directions to Literary Analysis
(Late Final drafts will be deducted points as per our syllabus agreement)
Write a minimum 800 words, third person, critical analysis of a conflict, problem or theme explored in The Old Man Who Read Love
Stories. The Student must concentrate on reading the novel Literarily and must include at least three quotes short quotes from the novel
and one quote from an outside source to help support the student’s argument about the novel. EMPHASIS ON ARGUMENT ABOUT
THE NOVEL. THIS IS AN ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY ABOUT THE NOVEL. Stick to a close analysis of the novel.
–Tips to make sure you are Analyzing and not just summarizing: To analyze is to scrutinize, to break scenes down and reveal a
deeper understanding of THE NOVEL and its connection to the issue explored. Someone who is doing analysis assumes the reader has
already read the novel. AVOID JUST SUMMARIZING THE NOVEL. Only describe scenes or examples that help you prove your thesis
argument, as the reader is expecting a detailed argument on various aspects of your chosen theme from the novel.
Grading point system:
Student has an introduction that 1) hooks the reader, 2) includes the author and title of the novel, 3) provides a brief 2-3 sentence
synopsis (very short summary) of the novel, 3) includes an explicit thesis statement that argues something significant about the
(BODY Paragraphs 40pts): Your task is to analyze your novel and make a case for your thesis statement. Ask yourself:
Does the body offer at least 3 WELL-DEVELOPED supporting paragraphs that convince the reader that your interpretation and
analysis is a feasible one?
Do these supporting paragraphs have a clear topic sentence that make a claim which refer back to the thesis statement?
Are claims supported logically through explanations and specific examples from your novel?
Does the student include at least one short quote from the novel in all body paragraphs, and are they less than two sentences
Are the quotes and examples from your novel thoroughly explained and analyzed?
Does the student include at least one quote in one of the body paragraphs from a credible source(s)?
Is the quote from the article relevant to the argument about the novel? How smooth is your transitions and connections between
the novel and the analysis and your research quote?
Does the student have good concluding sentences that nicely wrap up the ideas of a given paragraph?
Is there a conclusion that wraps up the paper nicely and reaffirms the student writer’s position?
Does the writer leave the reader thinking deeply about the importance of the paper’s argument?
Is the conclusion at least 5 sentences long?
Do you sustain and support a focused argument throughout the paper?
Are the paragraphs organized logically? Are there transitions between ideas and paragraphs? Are there appropriate paragraph
(Grammar and style 10pts):
Is the paper free of major grammatical errors?
Is the style appropriate to the Genre — a closed form, third person, academic analysis?
How well does it read? Can the reader understand each sentence the first time read?
Is there sentence variety and rhythm?
Is the paper in MLA style: double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font, with appropriate headings, last name and page numbers,
and a creative title?
Are the sources, including the movie or poem, cited properly inside the essay?
Is there an MLA Works Cited page, which includes the film or the poem?
Do you include at least 2 credible sources from the MDC Database and not Wikipedia or Google?
(Word Count and Analysis 10pts): Is the essay at least 800-words in length? Does the paper do more analyzing than summarizing
80/20? INCOMPLETE ESSAY WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE AN “F”
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