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Literary Analysis: Analyzing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts Scaffolded Unit

Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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34 pages
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Are your students confused about text analysis? You know how to do it yourself, but you're not sure how to make it accessible to students? I know the feeling. Analyzing texts is hard, and it rarely comes naturally. It's a difficult concept to break down into a methodical process. Still, it can be done.

I created these analyzing texts materials to help my students practice analyzing a variety of texts, including nonfiction, fiction, paired texts, short films, movies, commercials/advertisements, poetry. I found that by created scaffolding through guiding questions and prompts, students better understood the concept of analyzing texts, and they felt more comfortable with doing it on their own.

This analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts unit includes:

  • a direct instruction presentation and guided notes that breaks down the concept of analyzing in a student-friendly manner - in PDF and PPT form
  • a whole-class analyzing activity that uses a poem, a short film, and two political cartoons (suggested use is included) - also sold individually
  • an assignment that contains scaffolded questions to use with any text
  • a short film (Night and Day) analysis assignment with scaffolded questions and an extended response (film available on YouTube)
  • seven graphic organizers to use with a variety of texts (commercials, songs, fiction, nonfiction, poems, movies, and paired texts - text suggestions/recommendations with links are included)
  • a pre- and post-assessment to track students' growth (with key)
  • a literary analysis essay example to help move students from analyzing verbally to analyzing in a literary analysis format
  • an editable single-point rubric and outline with guiding questions to accompany the literary analysis essay
  • a unit overview (recommendations for order and text ideas)
  • suggested texts and links to sources to use for whole-class modeling purposes

Analyzing fiction and nonfiction gets easier the more students practice it. Use these analyzing texts materials to help your students get extra practice with a difficult concept. Scaffold the process to make it more understandable and less overwhelming

Please leave feedback and let me know how it works for you!

NOTE: This resource is also included in a larger bundle, Reading Literature and Informational Texts Graphic Organizer Activity Bundle.

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Total Pages
34 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


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