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Literary Analysis- MAKING the MOST of TIME - Distance Learning

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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This "Literary Analysis- MAKING the MOST of TIME" is a self-guided packet fantastic for Distance Learning. The personalized schedule and activity choices empower students to keep their brains in gear and their skills in motion while schools are closed during this Covid-19 virus.

To complete this unit, students must choose the novel that they will read and analyze, and they also create a daily reading and writing calendar. This packet allows teachers to maintain a flexible and flowing learning environment that engages students and promotes responsibility.

The flexibility of the activities this product and those in my literature unit plans, or their own, offers teachers the option to choose the lessons they need to meet their objectives in an independent or a combination independent/whole class literature study. For a combination study, teachers should set any due dates and require some specific activities but offer a choice of others.

Specific directions and expanded activities offer students more opportunities to analyze, theorize and deconstruct the text with the necessary supporting information they have gleaned from their reading. Included in this packet is a Grading Rubric page with a chart delineating each facet of the project. After students meet the due date, teachers can fill it out, attach it to the graded material, and then return it to the student.

Students select a book of their choice to read and complete the detailed activities listed 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.

NOTE: Teachers- you will need to divide students into groups of 3 or allow them to select their partners for the "Threads-Making Connections group project. 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. Each trio should choose how they will complete this activity- Face Time, Skype, Google Meet, etc. while following family guidelines.

After students complete the typing and compilation of the required activities they should follow their teacher's directions for turning in their projects.

This individual study is a terrific vehicle for teachers to evaluate each student's comprehension, critical thinking and writing growth. 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 such as emails, texting, face time, etc.

And you, my teacher colleagues, 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.

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.

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Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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