Writing a literary analysis is part of the Common Core. Analyzing a short story or novel is something we engage in, either formally or informally, throughout our lives. Having taught 21 years, I know some of the pitfalls and successes teachers encounter when we attempt to teach the skill of literary analysis. Using my experiences (both positive and negative), I’ve created a step-by-step approach for teaching and writing a literary analysis-one that will significantly reduce your stress and student frustration.
The How to Write a Literary Analysis Unit includes the following:
*Instructions for how to teach this demanding process
* Step-by-step note pages for the analysis of plot, setting, and character in effort to prove a theme is true
*Paragraph frameworks for each of five paragraphs
*Analysis transition words
*Tips that work
*Pitfalls to avoid
*An anchor essay to use as a model
*List of themes
*Steps to make your life easier during this process
*Peer Editing/Student Revising Worksheet
*A page listing the Common Core Standards this unit fulfills.
I know you’ll find this 21-page product useful; I wish I had had it when I began teaching literary analysis. Enjoy!
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