DIDLS Literary Analysis Lesson Plan and Flip Chart Activity

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How rare is it that we get to use hands-on activities in the English classroom? I always envy my math teacher friends and their "manipulatives." :)

Never fear, DIDLS Flip Chart to the rescue!

This activity teaches students a valuable strategy for literary analysis as they create a chart to help them remember each component of "DIDLS," the mnemonic for "Diction," "Imagery," "Details," "Language," and "Syntax." The activity begins with a "Base Chart" on which students affix cards that flip up to reveal an example of each component of DIDLS in a selected poem--Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice."

This download includes:
1) A teacher guide, complete with detailed notes on getting the lesson prepared for students as well as a step-by-step guide for delivery of the lesson.
2) A PowerPoint presentation for the teacher to use that guides students through the process of creating their flip charts and models the use of DIDLS.
3) All handouts students will need to create their own flip charts.
4) A corresponding writing assignment that extends the activity by encouraging students to engage in literary analysis on their own. An original example paragraph is provided for the teacher to use as a model.

Creating the flip chart will take 1-2 class periods; however, the chart should be used throughout the year as a means of helping students deep-read texts. Any time that you would like to discuss an author's tone or purpose, tell students to pull out their flip chart and "DIDLS" the selection. Regular use of the chart truly results in self-guided learning as students first use the chart as a guide for deep-reading and then eventually begin deep-reading own their own without needing the cart.
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DIDLS Literary Analysis Lesson Plan and Flip Chart Activity