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New Resource! This packet will help you teach your students how to analyze and how to write a text dependent analysis essay. Two resources are included:
1. An introductory PowerPoint that defines what an analysis is and what it is not.
2. A comprehensive packet containing everything needed to teach students how to write a text-dependent analysis essay.
The PowerPoint includes easy-to-understand explanations and examples that students will understand. While using the PowerPoint to teach, students will complete two activities:
1. The first activity will require them to analyze a picture.
2. The second activity will require them to analyze a poem.
Complete guidance is given in the PowerPoint, and by the end of the PowerPoint lesson, students should feel confident about what analysis means!
The text dependent analysis essay packet includes three stories.
• An Adventure With a Shark
• After Twenty Years
• Hearts and Hands
Each story has procedures on how to teach it. This plan will walk you through the steps of ensuring that students have understood what they have read.
After each story, you will find the following
• a text dependent analysis prompt (The first story has two.)
• a graphic organizer for students to use (This organizer can be used for any text dependent analysis writing prompt.)
• A sample completed graphic organizer
• A student sample written essay (Some stories have two.)
• A partially written essay (This is included as a teaching option so students can finish it instead of writing the entire essay.)
Read the following suggestions on how to use the provided sample graphic organizers and student essays:
Give students the sample graphic organizer and completed essay and use it as a teaching tool. For example, you could have them highlight the evidence cited from the text and discuss why the essay is an effective analysis.
• Put students with a partner. Give students the sample graphic organizer and have them write the essay using that organizer. When they are done, have them share their essays and then show the example essay.
• Give students the sample graphic organizer and the partially written essay. Have them complete the essay using the sample graphic organizer as a guide. Or, give them the partially written essay without the graphic organizer and have them finish or complete the essay on their own.
• Before having students complete their own graphic organizer and essay, show them the sample graphic organizer and sample essay.
• After students complete their own graphic organizer, show them the sample one to make sure they are on the right track. Then have them write their own essays. After writing, show the completed sample essay as a model, discussing why it is a good analysis. Students can then return to their own essays to make any changes.
For middle school students, writing a text-dependent analysis is often a difficult task, but with practice and your guidance, your students can master it! Use this resource immediately and for years to come!