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WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS?

IF YOUR STUDENTS ARE NOT USING COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM THEY MAY STILL DO THIS ASSIGNMENT. PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE OR USE WITH A SMART BOARD AND ENGAGE THE ENTIRE CLASS.

MOVE AWAY FROM GENERIC QUESTIONS AND INTO TEXT-BASED ASSIGNMENTS WITH THIS UNIT ON CRITICAL THINKING, READING, AND WRITING

ANALYZING THE GREAT BOOKS: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (small extract only)

This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; everything you need is here. This unit focuses on a small section of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; this work is listed as a text exemplar in the CCSS Appendix B.

Included in this unit are the following:

➢ A small excerpt, having to do with science , from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. This excerpt appears in the unit itself but is also included as a separate PDF in the zip file (one version with a watermark and another without) so that you can send it to your students to print if necessary.

➢ Suggestions on how to read the text at different levels.

➢ 2 pages of instructions for the Google Classroom component.

➢ A link to the Google Classroom component.

➢ A breakdown of the excerpt sentence by sentence with writing prompts (use with Google Classroom or a as PDF).

➢ This unit allows for differentiated learning; some students may be more comfortable with the questions that focus on the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering/ comprehension and simple applications/understanding), whereas other questions provide students the opportunity to focus on higher levels (analysis and evaluation).

➢ Images of various scientists and Tocqueville himself (to make the unit a bit more user friendly for students).

➢ Group questions and individual questions (Google Slides and a PDF).

➢ Essay questions and discussion topics.

➢ Flash card templates for this excerpt - with an image of Pascal in the background; this is a PDF file that may be printed but not edited. Printed on cardstock works great.

Here are some other Google Slides units:

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Google Slides Interactive Unit

HARRISON BERGERON: Google Slides Interactive Unit

THE BLACK CAT: Google Slides Interactive Unit


Questions are aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 - in particular with the following standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Have your students engage in philosophical questions regarding altruism, sacrifice, and knowledge! It will be rewarding to both teacher and student alike to engage in the “Big Ideas” spoken about in the new CCSS guidelines.

Achieve positive results in creating analytical thinkers by nurturing your students’ abilities and giving them the necessary tools to develop critical reasoning skills. This can be achieved through close textual analysis of small sections of the Great Books.

Critical Thinking; Non-fiction; Textual Analysis; Cross-Curricular

The ELA Common Core State Standards require students to learn how to read texts carefully:

“As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.” English Language Arts Standards | Home | English Language Arts

TEACHER TIP:
You don’t need to teach entire works, just short excerpts of the Great Books, to engage students in complex, higher-order thinking and other skills deemed essential in the new CCSS guidelines.


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Keywords: Non-fiction; Textual Analysis; The Great Books; Tocqueville; Critical Reading; Higher Order Thinking; philosophy; political philosophy; History; social studies; ELA; Literature; science; logic; essay questions; CCSS; study guide; shift 4; text-based answers

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