Using three handouts, teach students how to perform a close reading of a graphic novel. A page from American Born Chinese is used to teach students useful graphic novel terminology (emanata, graphic weight, etc.), and to show them how traditional
This worksheet can be used along with the powerpoint lesson "Be a literary detective- read for theme using 12 clues." Students read the two page prologue to Esmeralda Santiago's memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, and the worksheet guides them through a
Students analyze the chapter 3 introduction to Jay Gatsby by annotating his first conversation with Nick and drawing inferences about "good Gatsby" (signs that he's a trustworthy character) and "bad Gatsby" (signs that he's suspicious).
Student groups use photography to depict and analyze key passages from Gatsby chapter 7. Each group analyzes a different passage, then uses cell phone cameras to stage that moment in the story. Students practice both textual and visual close reading
This powerpoint lesson teaches students how to infer the theme of a text by paying attention to 12 common "clues." Empower students to develop their own interpretations of literature rather than relying on a teacher (or outside source) to do the
Student groups analyze an assigned character in the form of a poster. Students practice choosing and analyzing quotes and using literary terminology. Download includes directions (both written and visual) and a holistic rubric.
This one page (front & back) handout briefly summarizes the basics of academic essay-writing. Eight categories are covered: purpose & audience, tone, introductions, thesis statements, body paragraphs, using quotes, transitions, and