Are you using the Teachers College 7th Grade Writing Unit? We are too.
Here is a model Companion Book I wrote for “The Stolen Party” (the recommended model text for the literary analysis unit).
In the preview, I have included the opening chapter: “The Introduction: Short Story: Big Impact” and the second chapter: “The Title: What Has Really Been Stolen.”
I write models for my students all the time. And I am not above guilting students with these models. For instance, I might say, “As you know, I would never ask you to do something I would not first do myself. So I spent two hours working on this chapter of this model for you. All I’m asking of you, though, is that you give me ten or fifteen minutes so we can look closely at what I’ve done.”
This normally works even with the most difficult and least motivated students.
Please feel free to tweak this Companion Book and call it your own. Students are always more interested in reading something their teacher wrote (or partly wrote).
This Companion Book model teaches/reviews many writers’ craft and technical skills such as MLA citation, repetition for effect (parallel structure), the use of the colon for pauses, and, of course, how to analyze a piece of literature.
Here is the Table of Contents:
Page 1: The Introduction: Short Story: Big Impact
Page 2: The Title: What Has Really Been Stolen
Page 3: The Theme: Innocence Shatters as a Girl Comes of Age
Page 5: The Symbolism: A Monkey Deep in Thought
Page 6: Rosaura and Her Mother: A Hand on the Shoulder
Page 8: The Extension: “Get Away With Your ‘Really and Truly Earned It’”
Page 10: The Closing: What Can We Do About It?
*This product is a zipped folder with PDF documents.
*The product is fully editable