Critical Reading Worksheet: Literary Analysis Article

Directions: Fill out all areas of this form, print and submit it with the entire printed article.

Step 1 -- Gather Necessary Publishing Information.

Author(s)

Title of Article [in quotation marks] and Original Publisher



Title of Database (i.e., Academic Search Premier)


Search Word(s)
(List the word(s) you used to find the article.)

Copy and paste the Works Cited information:


Step 2 – Summarize the Full Article


After reading the full article, summarize it, including stating the author’s thesis and what critical literary approaches you recognize they use in their analysis. See handout for tips on writing a good summary.




Step 3 – Show evidence of your learning


What did you learn from this source that you didn’t know before? In a well-developed paragraph (150-200 words) list any ideas, facts, background information, insights, etc. made you think about the novel. Use complete sentences.





Step 4 – Useable Quotation #1


Pick a compelling direct quotation from the article and record it below. This quotation should be 40-50 words and make me think, “Wow, that is a really interesting idea/concept/analysis.”







Step 5 – Useable Quotation #2


Pick a compelling direct quotation from the article and record it below. This quotation should be 40-50 words and make me think, “Wow, that is a really interesting idea/concept/analysis.”




Step 6 – Useable Quotation #3


Pick a compelling direct quotation from the article and record it below. This quotation should be 40-50 words and make me think, “Wow, that is a really interesting idea/concept/analysis.”



Step 7 -- Explain the value of the article to your essay


Using complete sentences, explain how the information above could help you write a literary analysis essay.