Literary Analysis: Analyzing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts Scaffolded Unit

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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, and 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

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When would I use this?

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 or to introduce literary analysis at a basic level. Scaffold the process to make it more understandable and less overwhelming.

How long does this unit take to teach?

*If used it in its entirety, this unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. However, this unit is flexible. By adding or removing elements, you can make it fit whatever time window you need it to fit.

Are the texts included?

*This unit contains text suggestions, but you can use most of the organizers and activities with any text of your choice.

Is there an essay involved?

*There is an optional essay assignment included. I use it as an end-of-the-unit summative assessment of literary analysis skills. Students analyze a short film of choice. They are fun to read!

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
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.


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