This assignment is made to go along with "We Will go Forward from this Moment" by Leonard Pitts, which is one of the most powerful pieces of literature that I have ever read. My students loved it just as much as I did. Perfect for rhetoric.
This assignment provides students with sample excerpts from various passages. Students will link the diction in the passage to the speaker's tone. To get students accustomed to writing analytically, students are provided with sentence templates.
This is a lesson designed to help students create a literary thesis statement. This lesson provides students with a template to use. They just have to plug their words into the provided format. Students are then required to pull three pieces of
This is something I give my students when reading "Warriors Don't Cry," but it could be used with any novel. For each chapter that is read, students are to record a significant moment in the left column and then a response in the right hand column
This assignment corresponds to "Leap" by Brian Doyle, which is such a moving piece of literature about "jumpers" on 9/11. The bottom section asks the students to use imagery in a creative writing paragraph.
Students will analyze excerpts for strong word choice. They will then complete a sentence template analysis format that explains how the diction creates a specified tone. These templates function well to get kids learning the language of analysis
This assignment goes along with "The Story of an Hour." It forces students to link imagery to theme, which is often time irrelevant but very important in this instance. The literary thesis statement template is provided for the student, so this
Students are told to create a simile or metaphor that best represents who they are as individuals. Students will construct this analysis following a provided template. Teachers will take up student create simile/metaphor and will then pass them back
This assignment was completed following the reading of James Baldwin's "My Dungeon Shook."
Cut the strips out for students and place students in pairs. Hand each group of students the strips with appeals and a chart. Have students place the strips
This is a reading strategy that can be used with any passage. The assignment is scaffolded into forcing students to work through the steps of efficient reading. For each paragraph, students record specific details, make a main idea inference based
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
This is such an efficient way to get students to read deeper and to see how all of the nuances work together to create the purpose. In essence, this is a watered-down SOAPSTone handout that works well with general or PREAP courses. I plan to use it