Joyce Carol Oates: "Where Are You Going...?" SOAPSTone Activity

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This is a template to analyze "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" 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. Although this is typically an activity reserved for non-fiction, it can and should be applied to fictional pieces as well, especially when trying to target the tone of a work; tone is everything! And, all kids benefit from its organization. This is typically an AP strategy, but I think that's a bunch of bologna... 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: There is a fresh, clean copy of this story posted in my store under Short Story: Analysis Project. It's free and a great story!! I have to tell you, however, that this story is quite disturbing on many levels. Just want to give you fair warning, in case, you are not familiar with it.... That being said, every time I have ever taught this story, the students have loved it, and it has always generated some incredible conversations about a teenager's life and the story's analysis.
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Joyce Carol Oates: "Where Are You Going...?" SOAPSTone Activity