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After reading The Minister's Black Veil, by Nathaniel Hawthorne as a homework assignment your class will complete a literary analysis.  Learners will analyze important element of the story and take notes to help support their essays. Prior knowledge of how to write a literary analysis is required to complete this lesson.
Ninth graders discover and practice The Four Steps of Literary Analysis. In pairs, they analyze two literary elements and prepare a Power Point presentation about them. They each write an essay on a novel using the ideas each group shared.
A four-page packet of worksheets on reading comprehension is here for you. In them, young readers listen to a story called "The Perfect Snack." Then, they answer the 16 questions about the story in this packet. May be a bit tough for kindergartners without adult supervision, but these questions should help a teacher determine how much their learners are understanding.
What is the difference between summary writing and literary analysis? A 16-slide presentation offers some basic requirements for both types of writing and helps readers identify each based on keywords used in both types of writing. Strengthen this introduction by looking at some excellent samples of each. Designed for use in a college classroom, middle and high school classrooms would benefit from this as well. 
What makes writing literary? What comprises analysis? A 15-slide PowerPoint presentation, created by the Purdue University Writing Lab, tackles these questions. The explanations of what makes writing literary and what comprises analysis are specific and clear. Examples are given and elements of good writing are included.
Students identify at least two themes in, People Everyday by Arrested Development. They identify five terms/expressions in the song with which they are unfamiliar and brainstorm on possible meanings from context.
In this literary analysis peer editing instructional activity, students share their essays with 4 classmates who read the essays and comment regarding the 3 questions listed on the sheet.
"People Everyday" offers class members an opportunity to develop their literacy analysis skills and to develop media literacy. Guided by an included list of discussion questions, groups examaine the word choice, literary devices used, and consider the themes developed. They then contrast the first track of the song with a second included on the 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Day in the Life of . . . album. Following this pattern, the groups select and analyze a song of their choice. As an extension activity, the class contrasts Arrested Development's 1990's song with Sly and the Family Stone's 1960's "Everyday People." Because of language, be sure and preview the lyrics before deciding whether the resource is appropriate for your class.
Gear up for analysis with a graphic organizer. Learners identify the text, select a focus for their analysis, draft a thesis, note down supporting points paired with textual evidence, and write a quick conclusion.
  • Instead of asking pupils to write out a full essay, use this as a quick assessment to see how well they can draft a thesis and support their claim with ideas and evidence
  • Prepare learners for extended writing by asking them to fill out the fields in this organizer
  • Add in some sentence starters to scaffold the activity more fully
After modeling how to write responses to literature that provide an interpretation, recognize ambiguities, nuances, and complexities, class groups are presented with short stories and/or art transparencies and asked to craft their own analysis. Individuals then draft, revise, and polish an essay that reflects an understanding of a work. 
Students complete various activities linked to several stories and movies, to reinforce the concept of theme in a story.
In this folk literature activity, 7th graders complete a graphic organizer that requires them to list the vocabulary and plot details of 10 folklore selections they read. Students also respond to 6 literary analysis questions.
After an overview of the format of the literary analysis essay, viewers examine paragraphs that model “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” level work. Each graded paragraph is followed with an analysis which explains the score. A real strength of the presentation is that all the models are based on Langston Hughes’ short story, “Thank You, M’am.” Color-coded slides also highlight the various parts of the paragraph. The presentation concludes with tips and hints for success.
Learners read and compare two selections by two different authors with the theme man vs. nature. They complete a literary analysis paper comparing and contrasting the author's treatment of the topic with emphasis on setting, historical elements and cultural influences.
Ninth graders define basic elements in literature, discuss purpose of knowing elements, demonstrate use of listening and speaking skills by reading "Breaking Through" by Francisco Jimenez, and apply knowledge of elements by completing literary analysis.
Students write a literary analysis for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. In this literary analysis lesson, students review the elements of a literary analysis. Students read the book and take notes for the analysis. Students then write a literary analysis essay for the novel.
Fourth graders prepare for the literary analysis. They locate, interpret, evaluate and analyze the relationship between a character and the theme. After a lecture/demo, 4th graders write topic and detail sentences, then correctly put them in paragraph form.
Do your writers need tips for distinguishing between a summary and an analysis? Many learners, new to analysis, spend too much time summarizing a text and not enough time in analysis. Show your pupils how to recognize summaries by looking for explanations of what or where versus commentary about why or how that signals an analysis. Also included are strategies to avoid excessive summarization.
Students explore Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In this literature lesson, students locate examples of elements of writing in the text.  Students write a literary analysis to include a thesis statement and evidence from the book.
Analyzing literature is one thing, but having to write about it is quite another! Help your class start by providing them with a presentationov cering basic components like the introduction and thesis. Examples provided focus on Moby Dick, but the viewers don't have to be familiar with the novel to participate in choosing the best example. Consider editing the presentation to include examples relevant to your class. 

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