Modeled Writing: Literary Text Analysis 6th – 8th
This program was designed to meet the instructional needs of reluctant writers and students with limited reading and creative writing skills. Quick notes provide continuity between lessons, independent reading assignments, and creative writing models that struggling writers need.
I have used this program for several years and have had great success in getting my students to write quality papers. Students that in the past refused to even attempt such an assignment overcame their fear of failure and began to actively participate during in class writing assignments. Over time, I was able to transition them to writing at home.
I also adapted this to create a writing center where students read a short story and then wrote a single paragraph according to which quick note they had to work with.
As a cooperative learning activity we read short stories and each group was responsible for writing one of the paragraphs. We then combined individual paragraphs to create a 5 paragraph paper.
Instructional Content Includes:
Point of View
Directions For Use
The sections on plot, character analysis, and literary devices have been designed so that they can be used as separate lessons when first introducing the related skills and concepts. Since teachers usually ask their students to apply these skills when writing book reports additional closure activities have been included to model how to write introductory and closing paragraphs.
These assignments are designed to be used after students have received instruction on the related content. Supplementary materials are available for purchase to assist teachers in providing this instruction.
Creative writing models that provide the sequential guidance needed by remedial students when completing written assignments that require the analysis of literature.
Samples of paragraphs written by students using the quick notes writing format. They are designed to be used by the teacher when first modeling how to use the quick notes.
Please review the paragraph below that was written by a remedial student of mine using the quick notes.
When Witley wrote Summer Song he used lots of imagery and slang. One example of imagery was his use of simile. The best example of this is, “Tumbled around like old gum wrappers.” Another good example is, “I heard her screaming like an old factory whistle.” I also enjoyed the way he used slang terms like, “Give me five” and “You bet.” Witley’s clever use of literary devices helped make Summer Song an interesting book to read.
Book Report Writing
Teachers can choose to have students write progressively more difficult literary analysis (book reports) as new skills and concepts are taught. We recommend starting with a four paragraph paper that contains an introductory paragraph, summary of the plot, character analysis, and closing paragraph. More capable students should eventually be required to write a five paragraph paper, which would include an analysis of literary devices used by the author.
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