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Teaching Literary Analysis

Teaching Literary Analysis
Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application. What this means is that students must be able to understand and describe the text before they are able to analyze its elements. Teaching literary analysis is often a daunting and overwhelming task. After all, it is essentially guiding students slowly through the process of critical thinking and understanding literature. That’s not a simple undertaking. To guide students toward discovering literature all on their own, the steps of this process need to be introduced in a simplified form. 1. Some students need guidance when choosing a topic, but others have ideas that they would like to explore. Characters Themes Literary devices Setting Narrative. 2. The brainstorming process involves mapping out the different aspects of the chosen element. 3. 4. Introduce Evidence Analyze 5.

A Hunger for Dystopia: Critical Thinking on the Journey to Self-Discovery I was in high school in the mid '90s when I first read George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984. It lifted the veil of my childhood innocence, opening my eyes to the injustices of the adult world. Once I finished the chilling, final sentence of the novel, there was no going back to my naive self. New dystopian books are dominating the bestseller list. 2013 was officially the year of Divergent. 1984 helped me uncover dark truths about the adult world. Today's stories resonate with teenagers in a similar way. Dystopian novels belong in our classrooms because they hold a mirror up to our fears and flaws. For those of you that read 1984, Fahrenheit 451, or Brave New World in high school, here are five updates to the dystopian genre that will captivate you and your students. The Handmaid's Tale Margret Atwood wrote this shortly after the conservative revival of the 1980s, just as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher assumed power. The Giver Feed The Hunger Games Divergent . . .

Read Dating: A Fun Way to Motivate Struggling Readers “I hate reading.” No three words frustrate me more than these. What enrages me about this phrase is that it is a lie. But ultimately, what frustrates me most is that we teachers create this perception by killing the joy of reading. Reading a book is like dating. 1. 2. 3. Similarly, books can be really boring in their exposition. 4. Maybe if we approached reading in our classrooms like dating, we wouldn't be such atrocious matchmakers. We then create an arranged marriage in which we force our kids to go on date after date, no matter how much they can't stand the relationship. If we want students to love reading, we have to teach them to approach reading like dating—and then let them date freely. Now, if you are like me, you have set curricula that requires certain texts. So, if you're ready to make your students love reading, then help them be lovers with the tips below. And if you want to take your matchmaking skills to the next level, set up a reading speed date. Step 2: Set the mood. 6.

Understand what you read Fifth Grade Ramblings: Tackling the independent reading homework...{and a giveaway}! Hello! So for today's ramblings, I want to talk about independent reading homework. In my district, 5th graders are required to read 20 minutes per night and 100 pages per week. I am going to give this to all my parents at open house. I found in my first few years of teaching, I really struggled with managing this element of homework, because I didn't really have a great way of checking it. Each night, my students have a reading log to complete. I copy it back to back so the students have choices in what they choose to complete that night. Here's what some pages look like: There are 18 pages in all and they can be copied back to back to make the homework different each week. An added bonus is that they are super easy to correct, and I truly do enjoy seeing the different books that are being read in my classroom. In the spirit of back to school, I'm going to offer these in my TpT store for 20% off Friday and Saturday. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Home - World Stories Reading Stronger, Faster, Better: 5 Activities for Teaching Reading Strategies How do you teach students to become better readers, especially with academic texts? As a teacher, you can arm students with specific reading strategies that will help students navigate and comprehend any given text. Below are 5 essential strategies and ways to use them in your classroom. 1ScanningOne of the most essential reading skills is scanning for specific information. By training students to scan the page to look for key words, they learn to group specific letters together and quickly identify words, thus improving their fluency over time. Model and practice these skills with your students regularly and watch over time how they will be reading stronger, better, and faster!

ESL English Listening & Adult Literacy - News - Audiobooks - Songs - Radio Dramas 1) Without Your Memories, Are You Really Still You? (Listening time = 28 - 25 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 2) Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth! (Listening time = 10 - 13 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 3) DNA Tests, the Golden State Killer and Your Privacy (Listening time = 11 - 14 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 4) To Keep Women From Dying In Childbirth, Look To California (Listening time = 14 - 18 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 5) 70 Years Of Life In Mosul (Listening time = 8 - 10 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 6) The Man Putin Wants To Interrogate (Listening time = 5 - 7 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 7) The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get (especially women) (Listening time = 14 - 18 minutes - depending on chosen listening speed) 8) Frankenstein - It’s alive!!!

untitled Featured Lessons Jump to a Section Close Reading Model Lessons Sign up to receive updates from us. Featured Lessons Download All Date Added: 09/16/13 Save to FavoritesRemove from Favorites Share Send us your feedback These sets of 2-6 lessons include: Complex TextsText-dependent QuestionsVocabularyWriting AssignmentsAssessment Questions* *Not all lesson sets include assessment questions Close Reading Model Lessons "The Wind" by James Reeves Grades K-2 fiction lesson (relevant for Grades K-2); written by classroom teacher Diana Leddy. View Details "The Moon": Research Project Grade K-2 fiction and nonfiction (relevant for Grades K-2); written by classroom teachers Pat Fitzsimmons, Diana Leddy, Lindy Johnson, Sue Biggam, and Suzan Locke. View Details "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo (with mini-assessment) Grade 3 fiction lesson. View Details "The Fisherman and His Wife" by Lucy Crane Grade 3 fiction (relevant for Grades 2-4); written by classroom teacher Diana Leddy. View Details View Details Grade 6 nonfiction lesson.

First-Year Writing - University of Connecticut On this page, we have included assignments that might be used in teaching ENGL 1011; most focus on literary texts of some type. They can of course be used in ENGL 1010 or 1004 as well. The website for Writing through Literature, UConn's own anthology, also contains a set of assignment frames for use in 1011. Title: Banned Graphic Novels (Corey Mahoney) Description/Goals: Asks students to assert the way one or more graphic novels works to confront a political or cultural tension. Title: Bodies as Difference (Jarred Wiehe) Description/Goals: "Your job in this essay is to first pair a text of your choosing with one of the texts we have worked with in class in order to develop a research question—a line of inquiry which you are interested in pursuing—about one particular aspect of how a body is put together." Title: Fairy Tales (Catherine McKenna) Description/Goals: This was one of the assignments picked out as particularly strong in our first round of assignment review in Fall '09.

The Most Read Book Among High School Seniors From Each State, in One Surprising Map Native Americans living in the Northeast, like Game of Thrones fans, knew one thing at this time of year: Winter is coming. As such, now was the time for one last glut of food before a four-month-at-least period of traveling along with migrating prey in order to hunt for fresh food. In that sense, yes, Native American harvest feasts are a clear primogenitor to today's Thanksgiving. But the truth is more complex. As Thanksgiving matured as a holiday in the Americas, many of the inhabitants in the United States — Native Americans, settlers and enslaved Africans — contributed elements of our modern Thanksgiving meal to the table. If Thanksgiving is an American tradition, then its roots are as varied and widespread as America, as well. He added, "And when you know and you understand that it becomes a lot harder to make pronouncements about people or even yourself when you understand how things really came to be." TWithout turkey, Thanksgiving would be a flightless bird.

Digital läsförståelse på engelska genom UDL | Jennis skolblogg UDL Editions har tillsammans med CAST utvecklat ett läsverktyg som följer några av de principer som finns i UDL ramverket. I detta verktyg kan man välja att läsa/lyssna på sex olika texter och samtidigt få hjälp med att förstå och reflektera runt texten enligt reciprocal teaching, RT I övre högra hörnet finns det talsyntes eller och olikfärgade understrykningspennor som kan vara till hjälp för en del elever. Talsyntesen skulle kunna vidareutvecklas och i många fall är det nog bättre att använda talsyntesen i datorn. När man valt en bok kan man i förväg högst upp på hemsidan t.ex. läsa på glosor, gå igenom begrepp för litteraturanalys, bekanta sig med bakgrunden till berättelsen, läsa en sammanfattning av berättelsen och persongalleriet. Innan man börjar läsa så väljer läsaren nivå 1-3 på hur mycket stöd läsaren behöver med att reflektera runt läsningen. Under läsningen får läsaren stanna upp och svara på frågor samt uppmärksammas på olika fraser och litterära begrepp. Podtips