This lesson guides your students step-by-step through the process of writing the literary analysis essay, including writing a claim, choosing the best text evidence, explaining evidence, and connecting evidence to a theme. Because the lesson provides scaffolding and the gradual release of responsibility, it is excellent for your students who need the complicated task of writing a literary analysis essay broken into smaller segments.
The lesson is taught in the context of the popular poem, “Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike. First, students complete a close reading and analysis of the poem. , Handouts guide them with inquiry and cooperative learning through before, during, and post-reading strategies.
The lesson is excellent preparation for students who will face the upcoming PARCC assessments or for any students needing practice with literary analysis writing. Furthermore, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The 25 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards , anticipation guide, contextual reading guides, think aloud with sample annotation passage, online link to the poem, a graphic organizer, handouts for each step of the writing process, prompt, literary analysis essay rubric, and key. Detailed responses with suggested answers for all of the activities are provided in the key, making these valuable emergency substitute lesson plans.
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