Tracking the Main Idea: A Revision
Text, author, context, elements of literature
Evidence- quotation/ the leaden (first stage of the analysis) Plot summary
Directions: You will work in groups to track the main idea of the paragraph below. Keep in mind that the paragraph your group is reviewing is at best a rough draft from an in class essay written with time constraints. AND this paragraph is written from one of my students who I adore, so any detrimental criticism of my student writer will be taken seriously. Constructive criticism is necessary and encouraged with this classwork today. However, remember that the point of this work is to learn about communicating an idea clearly.
Read this paragraph silently by yourself and identify the main idea of the paragraph. What is the claim being made? How is it a literary argument? What elements are being addressed? And what point is being made about those elements? Answer these questions below. The theme is the argument. The theme contains the claim. (The passage is grounded by the first sentence because the author made no argument.) There is no literary argument.
Conflict, protagonist, antagonist and theme are addressed in this paragraph. Antigone is the only one who placed moral law above civil law. So, from those elements in this paragraph, it shows that moral law is more important than civil law.
Compare your answers to the other members of your group. Between all answers from part one, create a better answer as a group below which answers: What is the main literary argument of the paragraph? In Antigone by Sophocles, the conflict between moral law and civil law illustrates the main theme moral law is more important than the civil law. Third:
Once you have identified the main literary argument of the paragraph, examine how the writer establishes the integration of the evidence by yourself. Why is the evidence appropriate or not appropriate? Is the...
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