Literary Elements Activities for novel, short story, or play using Pixar Shorts

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    Your students are going to love these literary analysis lessons. Add Pixar Shorts, commercials, or cartoon clips and you're ready to teach literary elements. Fun way to engage students as they analyze character, plot, setting, theme, and conflict (coming soon). Then, transfer them to more complex texts like short stories and novels.

    Your students will love practicing analysis skills with these easy-to-use digital or print lessons! The perfect way for students to truly understand literary elements!

    What teachers are saying about these resources:

    • "It's so refreshing to have resources like this and not have to 'create' my own! This character analysis activity was very easy to use and is adaptable to ANY novel! Thanks!"
    • "This worked perfectly for my students to practice analyzing characters."
    • "Super fun activity. Really engaging and kept the kids focused. "

    CHARACTER ANALYSIS: Your students will love analyzing characters -- especially from funny and clever Pixar Shorts. This resource includes graphic organizers, character trait list, and prompts to get your students writing literary analysis reflections.

    SETTING ANALYSIS: Includes graphic organizers, notes, and questions to help students identify the setting, find text support and respond to a writing prompt.

    PLOT ANALYSIS: This resources will guide your students through Fretag's plot diagram. You'll have 4 graphic organizers and 4 outlines for students to build a literary analysis essay. Plus sketch notes.

    THEME ANALYSIS: Your students will dig into theme with four graphic organizers, notes, and the steps they need to create a literary analysis response. Build upon a jumbo list of themes -- and use this resource all year long.

    CONFLICT ANALYSIS: Analyze types of conflict with this lesson that digs into internal and external conflict. Extra practice, task cards, and graphic organizers help students build their own literary analysis. You'll love how easy and fun this is to teach!

    Each resource includes:

    • Print & digital versions
    • student notes
    • self assessment
    • answer key using "Mike's New Car" by Pixar
    • Please note that videos are not included in this resource, though they are readily available online and through your school or local library.

    Fun to use with commercials or short Pixar films. It's amazing what we can infer about characters that don't even talk! Try it with "Lifted"!

    Reasons to ♥ this resource:

    • ready to use! Print and teach or use digitally.
    • Great for "I do, we do, you do"
    • easy to scaffold -- multiple activities means students get plenty of practice
    • flexible -- use with video, commercial, short film, short story, play, or novel
    • graphic organizers you can use multiple times
    • reference notes
    • practice using text evidence for literary analysis
    • use this resource again and again with any text!

    Be sure to check out the preview!

    Please note: This resource does not include any Pixar videos. They are readily available online or through your school or public library.

    You can learn even more about using this resource from my blog post: How to Use Short Films to Teach Characterization

    You'll receive the link to the digital resource in the Teacher Resource.

    Adding conflict soon!

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Cite 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 how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
    Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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