Literary Essay focusing on Author's Craft Digital Notebook

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Read Write Teach ELA
Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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11 pages
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I used this with another teacher and it was amazing so I purchased my own since the teacher is no longer around amazing resource
This was a fantastic resource to take kids through the step-by-step process of analyzing craft. I will definitely be using it again next year.


State tests often ask to students to compare and contrast how texts show specific literary elements. This mini-unit encourages students to do just that!

Here is what they will accomplish in this notebook:

  • Students will read two short stories, chosen by you (stories are not provided).
  • They will then screenshot those stories into the notebook.
  • A discussion of author's craft will occur, and students will highlight those stories with given highlighters (clipart). The highlights will zero in on author's techniques being shown in the texts.
  • Topic sentences will created in which they write a claim focusing on a specific literary element of their choice (mood, conflict, character traits, or theme).
  • They will go back to their highlights to notice which highlights were featured the most in their short story. These will become the focus on their topic sentences.
  • Evidence is gathered and elaborations are made.
  • The essay is written.

I've provided a sample essay that followed a memoir unit that I did my classes. You can read more about this essay in my blog post.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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