The following Powerpoint slides can be used as individual or class practice (or printed as handouts) to review the often complicated language study of syntax (or sentence structures). Each slide contains a short passage from classical works of literary merit found on the public domain followed by two short response questions and a follow-up extension question, typically relating a thematic idea to author meaning.
Students can complete this activity as bellringers, in reader response journals, or as a class discussion. Ultimately, each slide or handout minilesson requires students to closely read the text to connect how meaning is expressed through how sentences are structured.
This skill is commonly practiced as an Advanced Placement™
English strategy or with pre-AP™ students practicing literary analysis techniques.
This file includes (1) terms review slide and (5) Powerpoint slides designed to be used once per class, for a total of one full week (or two weeks if on block scheduling). Syntax exercises in this file feature passages from Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night.
Also available as part of a bundle featuring language analysis questions covering diction, figurative language, imagery, and syntax.
Language Analysis Bundle: Diction, Figurative Language, Imagery, Syntax