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Literary Analysis - Four Critical Thinking Activities-Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
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Activities that increase students' understanding of the elements of literature will empower them to create strong literary analysis homes.

The four lessons in this Middle School and High School packet, "Literary Analysis - Four Critical Thinking Activities" will encourage students' comprehension of any text that they are studying with activities that address four of the elements of literature.

Here are the activities and their directions:

"Plot Soup"

Directions – Various situations (the Rising and Falling Action) arise during a story that affect the Plot. They are either Helps or Hurdles for the Protagonist and the Antagonist. For this activity

• choose two situations each that the protagonist and antagonist faced

• summarize each event

• discuss whether the situation’s result was a Help or a Hurdle to the Protagonist or Antagonist.

•defend your reasoning by using story details in your explanations.

"The Flavor of Personalities"

Directions –Characters’ personalities are as varied as the candy that fill store shelves. They may be sweet, sour, nutty, smooth, sticky, hard or soft, for example, or a mixture of many of these qualities. For this exercise, choose four characters and decide which candy most matches each one’s personality. Defend your choices with details and examples from the story. Conclude this activity by choosing the Character Candy you prefer, and explain your choice.

"And the Symbol is…."

Directions – Symbols represent a specific person, place, thing or idea. Sometimes this meaning is clear. In other cases, the symbol needs more analysis to determine its meaning. For this activity

1. Choose three everyday objects from contemporary life that also have symbolic meanings. Determine what each one represents.

2. Next, list three qualities that illustrate the symbol’s connotation.

3. Finally, decide if the story has a corresponding Symbol. If so, explain your conclusion, using details from the story for support. If the story does not reveal a parallel Symbol, then write, “No Matching Symbol” after you address the first two components required for this exercise.


"Setting it Up"

Directions – Choose either the Protagonist or the Antagonist, and discuss how the Setting influences this person and his or her decisions. In addressing this topic, consider any of the following ideas to ignite your thinking: How does the Setting influence the character’s main goal? Is the Setting a help or a hindrance to this person’s objectives? What is the character’s effect on the Setting? What is the Setting’s effect of the character? Use this form for your thesis statement and your Pre-Writing notes. On the Due Date, include citations that support your thesis. Include this sheet with your rough draft(s) and typed Final Essay copy .

As always, these activities utilizes Bloom's Taxonomy to promote students' thinking and writing skills, and are aligned with Common Core Anchor Standards that teachers may use as guidelines to fit their state-specific standards. This information is included on the detailed "Teacher Notes" page.

As always, this activity- PDF version- may be downloaded and printed for classroom use. Also, an Easel Activity is ready to be used for Google Classroom. Teachers may choose to add an interactive layer of their own for digital use by clicking on the red "Open in Easel" rectangle on the product's page.

Need graphic organizers for any ELA lesson or activity?

Check out: Product/ELA-DISTANCE-LEARNINGCLASSROOM-STUDENT-RESPONSE-FORMS-5825442. These are terrific for Distance Learning or brick and mortar classrooms, since they offer digital or ready-to-print forms and graphic organizers for reading, writing, thinking, speaking, and listening. For Teacher Notes- be sure to read pages 2, 3, 17, 22, 27, 43, 65, and 71.

For more Literary Analysis Activities check out:

Literary Analysis Activities Grades 6-12

Literature Analysis E-Book Grades 6-9

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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