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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.
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.
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.
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.
After reading a variety of literature and using questions from Burke's Pentad, learners practice writing an evaluation of the techniques of a chosen author. To end the lesson, they develop their own theme and critique the original text from their point of view.
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.
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.
Seventh graders are able to use active listening skills, take notes and identify literary elements of a short story. They use/create graphic organizer, compare/contrast literary elements from various stories and compare and contrast traits.
Great for a reading intervention or remedial Language Arts class, this lesson uses two stories from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III ("Terri Jackson" and "Mary Lou" to reinforce note-taking skills, story elements, and comparing and contrasting. The activity is designed to be used with a SMART board, but you could use a blackboard or whiteboard in its place.
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 activity, students share their essays with 4 classmates who read the essays and comment regarding the 3 questions listed on the sheet.
“Indian Camp” provides readers an opportunity to develop their literary analysis skills by examining the imagery, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, and setting of Ernest Hemingway’s short story. The packet includes pre-reading activities, including a prediction and a character recognition chart, a vocabulary graphic organizer, and comprehension questions. Also provided is a link to a recording of the story.
How do you create a great introduction to a literary analysis? Why, you write it last, of course. The narrator of a short video on crafting a great introduction suggests tackling the introduction after you have crafted your thesis, drafted your analysis, and formulated your conclusion. She models how to use the historical context of a topic, or an anecdote, or a larger idea or concept to intrigue and inspire readers. The video even includes suggestions on introduction forms to avoid.
"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.
Analyze characterization in literature. Readers use "Three Shots," from The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway and complete classroom activities that require them to apply literary analysis techniques. They write their own short stories that feature character development, conflict, and themes.
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.
Fairy tales can be a motivating way to introduce students to a variety of topics, including literary analysis.