Literary Analysis Tools | Easy Literature Writing Prompts Worksheets

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These literary analysis prompts includes 25 writing prompts—perfect literary analysis tools. Print or share digitally with students! You can use these literary writing prompts with any piece of literature.

This literature analysis writing prompts download works well with short stories, novels, lit circles, book clubs, and more.

These digital and print literary analysis prompts download contains:

✓ 25 writing prompts for literary analysis.
✓ 5 blank pages for teachers to add their own writing prompts.
✓ a rubric for grading student writing.

I created these literary analysis writing prompts to meet literature standards while providing student choice. You can use these literary analysis tools for years across classes. They will work with novel studies, lit circles, short story units, and more.

Because of the variety of choices with these literature writing prompts, you will be able to use them all school year with a variety of classes.

Do you want a lifelong tool? These literary analysis prompts can be used every year in a variety of ways. You can use each one as a literary analysis worksheet, you can use them as group reflections, or you can use them as conversation starters.

The best part? I made these writing prompts for literature when I needed students to meet standards. I needed to break down the complexity of the standards for my students.

As a bonus? Rubric included—but feel free to use your own! With these literary analysis writing prompts, you can grade as much or as little as you need.

Do you need more high school literature activities? These literary analysis prompts are part of a bundle. Download the High School Literature Bundle Literature Circles Book Clubs Independent Reading for over 200 pages of activities.

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Feedback from other teachers about these literary analysis prompts:

Excellent resource that saved me a lot of time. The questions were thought-provoking and my students' responses reflected that.

Showing versus telling. My students struggle to grasp this concept. This particular activity was used after I have spent some time working on analysis of authorial choices and I am very satisfied with it. Thank you for another way to try and explain to my students how best they can look to texts and analyze.

This was such a helpful resource for my freshman!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


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