From Electric English...
This is a template to analyze Abraham Lincoln's "The Gettysburg Address" using the SOAPSTone method :) Sometimes, it seems to me, there is an acroynym for everything.... Lol. I know, I know, but SOAPStone is actually a really effective tool for helping students understand their reading. It asks the students to consider the speaker/writer, the occasion, the audience, the purpose, the subject matter, and the tone of a piece. It can be applied to fiction or non-fiction, and all kids benefit from its organization. This is typically an AP strategy, but I think that's a bunch of hooie... I use it for all of my classes and all of my students; it takes a little longer with some classes versus others, but asking your students to contemplate these types of questions about their reading only enhances their criticial thinking and life skills. Use it however is best for you :)
NOTE: I am also posting a similar activity using the DIDLS method. It is really just a matter of which you prefer.... Sometimes, I even double up and ask the students to revisit certain pieces and do both. Especially if you need a short activity for those half days or counselor days :)