This is a 2-3 hour close reading & writing activity that should be completed after reading book 1, chapter 8 of 1984. The purpose of this assignment is to provide students the opportunity to practice close reading/annotating skills as well as literary analysis paragraph writing skills. I created this assignment as a three step assignment with each step building off of the previous in order to prepare students for the paragraph writing. The assignment is ready to print or can be completed digitally. It was created on Google docs. and is compatible with Google Classroom.
The steps of this assignment include: reviewing two literary devices (imagery & foreshadowing) then reading an excerpt from 1984 (included within the assignment). There are detailed instructions that explain to students how to annotate the excerpt. Students focus their annotations on finding the two literary devices & explaining their intended effect. After students have annotated the text, they will then move to the final writing assignment. Students will use their annotations to support them with writing their literary analysis paragraph. I have included an outline with tips and pointers that support students of all levels through the writing process. You shouldn't hear a single: “I don’t know what to write about” comment during this activity. :)
I hope you enjoy completing this activity with your students and that it adds value to your classroom. The assignment is very step-by-step & structured so it can function as a quick and easy sub plan if needed.
Let me know how this activity works in your ELA classroom.