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Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!

Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
Literary Analysis "Case File" of Text Evidence - for ANY novel or story!
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Are you looking for a new, engaging way to teach literary analysis? Call the claim/thesis a "conspiracy theory", and tell students that they have to "prove" it!

This project makes students use inductive reasoning without realizing it. In this Common Core aligned project, originally used for Lois Lowry's The Giver, student groups choose a question about the novel and come up with a "conspiracy theory" (thesis) to answer that question. Students then gather text evidence from the novel AS THEY READ and analyze it using a four step method:

• What does it SAY?
• What does it MEAN?
• Why does it MATTER?
• How does it prove your THESIS?

Once they have completed the novel and graphic organizer, students give presentations on their thesis and the evidence they collected to support it. The class actively listens by following along with their own listening guide to track who said what (and get repeated practice hearing what it's like to prove a thesis!). CCSS speaking standards are clearly assessed on the rubric.

(Results: I did this project with my class of 8th graders, and they LOVED it. They really took ownership of their "theory" and scoured the novel for evidence more thoroughly than I'd ever seen. After this project, students were ready to move on to write their own literary analysis essays using the text evidence and thesis statement produced in their case files.)

This 16-page, 10-slide download includes:
• A Teacher Guide that provides essential questions, I Can statements, CCSS standards for grades 6-8, a sample calendar of lessons, and tips for successful implementation of the group project.
• Directions sheet and rubric
• Theory/thesis development exit ticket (used as an exit ticket/formative assessment)
• Case File Planning Sheet (chart to collect and analyze text evidence while reading)
• Listening Guide for presentations
• My 2014 version of the project directions, rubric, and planning sheet, so you can see how the project has been improved over time (and choose your favorite version to use!)
• A sample PowerPoint template to give students so they know how to format and organize all of their evidence! (Plus, it helps them transition the PPT into an essay later!)

File Last Updated: October 2014

NOTE: This product is INCLUDED in my Essay Mega Bundle and in my Public Speaking Activity Bundle.

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16 pages & 10 slides
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Teaching Duration
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