Does your school have "drop everything and read" days? Have you implemented independent reading in your classroom? This 37 slide bundle of lessons gives students a focus while reading. Especially suitable for classes to which you'd like to teach literary elements. Can also be used with classes split into literature circles, basically any situation where students are reading different texts. These lessons also make for good refreshers for classes writing the short response for the English Regents.
Each lesson begins with a Do Now that asks students to tap into their schema about a particular literary element, this guides them into the mini lesson with a formal definition of the element, then the activity of independent (or small group) reading begins where they focus in on the element, and finally they are asked to write about their observations of the element as found in their text. This can be formal writing in a well developed paragraph or in the format of a journal. Some lessons include models of the teacher's writing.
Elements covered are: plot, setting, characterization (characters, protagonist, antagonist, dynamic, static, foil), point of view, and theme. Since all lessons follow a four point pattern, you may easily add any other element you'd like.