Ott Class Resource Page 
for the Literary Analysis of
The Dinner Party 
By Mona Gardner

Students who are completing the scoring process for their Literary Analysis Essay should find the resources on this page helpful in the submission and revision of their papers using  the Holt Online Essay scoring system.  Students will find links to the story itself, handouts that are used in in the development of their papers, and model essays written in response to another short story as a guide for responding to the online system's feedback. 

Before submitting papers for scoring, students are encouraged to review the following resources that were used when they originally constructed their papers.  The Link for submitting Literary Analysis essay may be found on Mr. Ott's homepage.

Resource Handouts for The Dinner Party
Literary Analysis Essay

The handouts below were distributed when students initially responded to The Dinner Party.  Students may find these helpful as they score their own paper and make revisions based on the Analytical Feedback generated for their submissions.

Read The Dinner Party by Mona Gardner

Initial Reading Assignment

Character Chart

Literary Analysis Essay Assignment
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Prewriting Graphic Organizer.
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Introductions and Conclusions
Activity designed to help get you
started and finished with the
necessary content. 

Thesis Statement Activity
How does the most important sentence in
in the paper look, and how does it establish
the organization of the rest of the paper.

Holistic and Analytical Evaluation Rubrics 

Literary Analysis Essay Scoring Record

Online Essay Scoring Grading Procedures

Rough Draft ChecklistColor Coded
This is useful in making sure you are addressing
all of the necessary elements of each part of the essay.

Lorax Model Essay - Color Coded

Lorax Essay Plan - Color Coded

Connecting the Plan to the Paper
Shows the relationship between
the plan and the paper itself.

Student Models Written on Under the Rice Moon

This story was used in class to model the OnLine Essay scoring process.  The examples below demonstrate student responses to the story representing three different scoring levels for revisions written in response to the feedback generated by the model "2" paper.  Students may find that examining the evolution of this paper towards a score of "4" may help them revise their own papers on The Dinner Party.

Read Under the Rice Moon by Rhiannon Puck.

Model Responses will be posted as they read in class.

Student Model Response - Score 2
Paper lacks a thesis statement or a focus on the topic.  Body of the paper simply summarizes the story rather than focusing on the topic.  Student needs to go back and plan the paper.

Student Model Response - Score 3
Paper reflects a plan and and an increased focus on the writing topic.  Thesis statement continues to be weak, and body paragraphs do not have topic sentences which focus on how the author is using the characters to make her point.  Body paragraphs need stronger topic sentences and content that focuses on them.

Student Model Response - Score 4
Paper represents a strong revised focus on the prompt including an opening strategy for the introduction introducing the thematic focus of the story.  Development is improved throughout including a stronger thesis statement and topic sentences that directly support it as well as establish a focus for each paragraph.  Concluding paragraph is leaves reader with a message to think further about.

Students attempting to improve their papers from one holistic scoring level to another may find that comparing the papers above helpful in identifying revision strategies that they might successfully apply to their own papers.

This page and the study resources for this essay have been designed by me (Greg Ott) for the use of my students at Northwestern Middle School in Alpharetta Georgia in their efforts to respond to feedback generated by Holt Online Learning resources.   Visitors are welcome to use these materials and/or this site to enhance their own use of the Holt Online Learning resources.  I am always interested in the successful use of these materials and am likewise interested in suggested improvements.  Please direct questions and/or comments to me at .  Thank you for stopping by.                             Return to Greg Ott's Homepage

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