How to Write an Impressive Literary Essay: Tips for Middle School Students

Writing literary essays at the middle school level is never an easy task. This is because at this level of education, most students really don’t enough experience with literary writing and will make all the common rookie mistakes. If you are a middle school student who is determined in making sure that you score A’s in all your literature projects, here are a few tips you will find very useful.

  1. Understand the topic
  2. Most of the times, students get failing grades in their literature projects not because they don’t have what it takes to write a god paper but because they give the wrong information. Before you start writing a paper, you should take time and study the question. Give your mind time to synthesize what the question is asking you before you start researching or writing down anything. In case there are things that are unclear, ask for a clarification from your teacher or your peers.

  3. Focused research
  4. You have to carry out a research that is focused on the topic of your study. This means that you need to be as specific as possible. Most students make the mistake of writing general ideas about the topic that they are tackling. Focus on one particular aspect, look for examples and include them in your analysis. Avoid giving too much irrelevant information and stay focused on the main topic.

  5. Writing the paper
  6. After reading and researching comes the part where you have to write own the paper. Before you write anything down, look at the paper that has been marked by the particular teacher that will read yours. This will help you get a feeling of the things the particular teacher prefers to see in their essays and the things they will penalize you for. Organize your ideas into paragraphs, let every paragraph contain an idea and present them is a flowing manner.

  7. Proof reading
  8. You should never hand in your essay before seeking an opinion from a third party. This is because even when you proof-read your own work, it is sometimes hard to pick out the mistakes that you could have made. Have someone else read the paper for you, preferably a person whose literary point of view you respect. This will help you get the strengths and weaknesses of your work.

These are the tips that will help you write a great literary paper in middle school. There are online sources that can also guide you through the process and help you achieve an A.

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