This Seedfolks Novel Unit focuses on literary analysis and takes a more differentiated approach. It includes a sample three week schedule, which guides students through the literary analysis process.
First, I give the students a pretest to measure growth over time. Then I explicitly teach what I expect from quality literary analysis responses, using a graphic organizer, a sample response, and a basic rubric (which allows for faster grading).
There are two sets of analysis questions, differentiated by reading level; however, I explain to my students that their groups are negotiable/not set in stone because our goal is to find a level that's most appropriately challenging for them. Students answer their first analysis question with a partner in order to talk through their ideas. Then they have the opportunity to discuss their answers with another similar partnership. The goal is for students to learn to write quality, analytical responses; therefore, I encourage them to amend their answers as needed.
The next set of questions, students answer individually, but there is the opportunity to discuss their answers in class. Once again, this provides students who may have overlooked parts of the answer to hear from others with more complete answers. This gradual approach produces confidence and independence. Because the goal is mastery, I, personally, encourage students to rewrite their responses until they achieve a score of at least a 3, preferably a 4. Literary analysis questions correspond with the following chapters/characters: "Wendell," "Sam," "Sae Young," "Curtis," Maricela," and "Amir."
Parallel texts provide students with the opportunity to read poetry and informational text related to the topic.
The literary analysis activities at the end of the unit are differentiated by students' predetermined learning preferences--analytical, creative, or practical.
A basic literary response rubric, grading checklists, and answer keys are provided.
For a Seedfolks novel unit focused more on reading comprehension skills, check out Seedfolks Novel Unit--Reading Comprehension Skills Focus