Note: Originally, I created this product for May but have renamed it as "Literary Analysis- MAKING the MOST of TIME" because it works well in any month where classes meet fewer times or have a number of scheduled interruptions to learning. I clarified all of the directions and expanded some activities to allow for more depth and analysis from the students. Slide 13 offers teachers a Grading Rubric page with a chart for each facet of the project. They can copy one for each student, fill it out and then return it to the student along with the graded material.
This project works well in May because each day, many students may be absent due to A.P and state testing, making teaching to the whole group difficult. Since December often has fewer class days due to Winter Break, this Individual Study will work well there, too. Each of these times follows a four-month learning cycle, making this individual study a terrific vehicle for teachers to evaluate their students’ reading, thinking and writing growth.
With this unit, students’ not only choose the novel that they will study, but they also create a daily reading and writing calendar that works with scheduled exams, holidays or other scheduled events that lessen class time. and the teacher’s due date. These factors maintain a flexible and flowing learning environment that engages students and promotes responsibility.
Students select a book of their choice to read and complete the detailed activities included in the packet. These requirements involve a
1. General Novel Packet with four aspects: Book Notes, Plot Diagram, Quotes and Theme worksheets
2. Full-length Essay (500-750 words)
3. Group Project: Threads-Making Connections.
Every day the students will either
• read for half of the period, or
• work on their packets for half of the period.
The second half of the period, they will
• participate in a whole class writing session, concentrating on a facet of writing, or
• discuss various aspects of their chosen novels with peers.
NOTE: Each student in the group should be reading a different novel. Members take notes. These will enable them to complete the Threads-Making Connections activity.
By managing their class time wisely, students will only have to complete the typing and compilation of the required activities at home right before the final packets are due. They should bind all of the components of their packet together in some way - a folder with pockets is best.
Teaching time won’t be interrupted and chaotic because of testing, holidays, snow days or any other interruption when you let this unit plan become your students'learning keystone. Its effectiveness stems from dual factors - students hold the ownership for what they are learning and when they are learning.
Teachers do need to
• specify minimum length, genre and anything else you deem necessary for your charges.
• Mentor students’ progress with mini-conferences
And you, my teacher friends, will appreciate the fact that your students are challenging themselves intellectually with these substantive activities as they increase their reading comprehension, and their higher level thinking and writing skills with and no loss of learning continuity.
More Elements of Literature Analysis Activities
Comprehension & Critical Thinking Skills Activity - Fiction's Physique
Comprehension & Writing Activity: Presenting the Academic Awards for Literature
Comprehension Activity: Leafing Through the Story
Comprehension and Writing Activity: You are Invited!
Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Writing Activity - Tripping Through Time
Comprehension, Thinking & Writing Activity: Comparing Books and Movies Worksheet
Comprehension: Literature Task Cards
Writing and Comprehension - Writing About Reading
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