Levels of Textual Analysis

Levels of Textual Analysis
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I developed this to assist my students to understanding the different ways to analyze a text. I found that my students were great with personal response and some were good at finding meaning and connections with the text. However, almost none could get into a higher level of analysis. So I came up with this. Level one consists of reader response (what the student liked/disliked, found confusing, etc.) Level two looks at the text to find meaning (theme, symbols, main idea, etc). The last level asks them to look at the text as a writer. This is the most difficult analysis, but it's where many of the new standards, CCSS or otherwise, expect them to be.

This can be used for fiction and nonfiction texts, and it works great as a guide for a close read over multiple reads of the same text. We made it into a foldable and added it to their interactive notebooks. Every time we approach a new text, we use this as a guide. My hope is that they will internalize this thinking until it's automatic.
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