Rigorous Literary Analysis Lesson for Middle School ELA
Analyze How Figurative Language Creates Mood in The Sniper
This resource is a complete lesson plan with all student materials to help students analyze how mood changes throughout Liam O’Flaherty’s short story “The Sniper.” In this lesson, students work through analyzing and annotation three excerpts of “The Sniper,” with a focus on how the author uses figurative language to create mood. Each excerpt contains detailed annotation instructions to guide analysis of the text, and questions that require students to cite textual evidence to support their responses. At the end of the lesson, students respond to one of two writing prompts that ask them to analyze how Liam O’Flaherty uses figurative language to create mood in a section of the text or to analyze how mood changes throughout the text. This resource works best for students who have already read “The Sniper” once. I used this in my 8th grade classroom, but it would be suitable for students in grades 8-10.
This resource for “The Sniper” directly addresses the following skills: close reading, citing textual evidence to support answers, analyzing mood, analyzing figurative language, and expository writing. It contains all necessary student materials, a teacher answer key and a rubric for grading the writing responses.
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