LITERARY ANALYSIS SNAPSHOTS are a great way to put all of the literary analysis techniques you have been teaching your students into practice. The “snapshots” booklet will help your students think and write more deeply about the books they are reading.
Your students will write 3 or 5 “snapshots” depending on the length of assignment you choose. Each “snapshot” should be a short, one to two page essay on a topic (Foreshadowing, Conflict, Human Nature, Point of View, Character Development, Morality, Contrast, Biblical Imagery, or Biblical References) as it relates to a passage (or passages) in the book they are reading. These are not opinion essays. Your students will be writing about what the author of the book is saying, and how he is saying it.
The LITERARY ANALYSIS SNAPSHOTS booklet describes each of these topics and provides space for your students to note the location of the passage they will be analyzing and room for a few notes. There is also space for analyzing the author’s overall purpose and possible themes. In each of their “snapshots” your students will want to consider how the topic (literary technique) relates back to the author’s overall purpose in writing the book.
The booklet is designed for your students, but the “snapshot” checklist will help you ensure they have completed each assignment. Your students will fill out, and attach, one checklist to each of their essays. They will note the technique they are analyzing, the passage’s location, and whether they followed the rules for writing the “snapshot.”