Literary Analysis (Secondary Unit: How to Write Critically About Literature)

Grade Levels
11th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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This unit follows the 4MAT method where students connect, reflect, gather information, research, experiment, practice, and perform in order to master the ability to think critically about literature and then follow a specific writing formula to demonstrate understanding of their analysis.

Who will benefit from this unit?

High ability learners needing to be challenged on how to think critically and write critically (and accurately) about literature. This unit would be a useful undertaking in any Honors English class or for any student preparing for college english courses.

What will students will be doing?

Students are active participants throughout the unit when they discuss why this skill is valuable, analyze literature, gather information about how to write about what they analyzed, take notes, organize their thoughts, learn study skills, write, edit, and revise, and finally share the information they learned through a variety of presentation options.

How much time is needed?

This unit could last up to 2-3 weeks, but the amount of in class time the teacher decides to give the students on discussions, peer reviews, revisions, &etc. depends on how long this will take.

What all is included?

  • Step-by-step guide for the teacher to follow that reveals how I connected with the students, attempting to help them understand the necessity of this skill. 
  • Notesheets
  • Links to helpful videos and documents for students to review.
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Rubrics
  • Peer Review Worksheet
  • 12 Presentation Options
Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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