These resources are a MUST for either learning, reviewing, or analyzing stories using various literature elements such as characters, setting, point of view, plot, irony, theme, symbolism, and foreshadowing.
* The PREZI includes 23 videos explaining aspects of the terms.
Most videos are 3-4 minutes with three being 11-12 minutes. If this Prezi is presented all at once, the video total time is 65 minutes, plus time is needed to view and discuss a few documents and pictures.
* A three-page worksheet for student notes include helpful clip art as visual aids. A teacher key is included. These notes are useful when students actually analyze literature based on so many literary elements.
* Students read an interesting short story and analyze it. The story can be printed on one sheet of paper, both sides. The story "The Test" fascinates students because it is surprisingly about taking a driver's test, but there are several ironic twists!
* A Story Analysis Sheet (SAS) with these terms helps students to think about each term and to analyze a story using them. This is a one-page, two-sided document. A teacher key is included.
* A PowerPoint presentation of the answer key for analyzing this story is included. Each element can be discussed separately before the answers to the next element are shown. This has six slides with numerous animations to show one element at a time.
Although you may want to present this unit as a whole, you can also use the PREZI to present only the specific terms you are currently teaching. The terms defined and used to analyze include the following: setting, point of view (1st, 2nd, 3rd, limited, omniscient), mood, tone, antagonist, protagonist, dynamic and static characters, internal and external characterization, plot, conflict, climax, conclusion, internal and external conflicts with categories, foreshadowing, symbol, irony (verbal, situational, and dramatic), and theme.
Although many terms are defined and covered, analyzing a story with them is not so cumbersome. Doing the SAS with a few stories in a row gives them great practice, and eventually you could assign a story for them to do on their own as a test. This shows more analytical and synthesizing skills than a multiple choice test, and you don't have to find or create a test for every story.
Once students have practiced analyzing stories using of all these elements, it is easy to assign literary analysis paragraphs to explain the dynamic character, the ironic elements in the story, or the themes, etc. After students become proficient doing short stories, we move on to a novel. Their paragraphs then become essays.
The strong point about this unit is that it can be reviewed and used multiple times in multiple classes. This is a resource that will have a permanent place in your bag of tricks!