Literary essay writing calls on a reader to focus on reading and reflect on the characters and ideas in their books. The objective of this unit is for students to write an expository essay that advances an idea about a piece of literature. Literary essays contain a thesis statement, a brief retelling of the story, specific details and quotes which support the thesis statement, and a conclusion which links the story's message to the writer's own life or to another text. As a whole, this unit calls on writers to draw upon and integrate both their knowledge of essay structure and their deeper understanding of characters and theme. This unit will blend reading and response to reading with the skill of developing a thesis statement and supporting it with evidence.