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Close and Critical Reading Handout

by Annette Christiansen

I begin the year with this handout and model its use for a passage they are familiar with.  I then have students use the handout to do a group analysis of another passage, and finally use it to analyze a text on their own.
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You can model this Cornell Notes handout for any lecture or literature.
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Novel Data Chart

by Annette Christiansen

This is a generic format used by students to assist in documenting a novel as they read.  It can be adapted to any novel.
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I utilize Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This method of giving students multiple opportunities to write in different genres.  For each anchor text, I adapt Gallagher's program to fit in with the novel we are reading.  This can be adapted for any novel.  I suggest getting the book.  It has a ton of great ideas.
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This is a great resource for understanding the process of close reading and how to create text-dependent questions across thinking levels
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Diction and Euphemism Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

Analysis introduction power point
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Shakespeare Strategies

by Annette Christiansen

Tips on how to attack and understand Shakespeare.
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Synthesis Essay for Frankenstein

by Annette Christiansen

Detailed assignment and directions for writing an effective synthesis of "Frankenstein" 
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Differentiated Instruction

by Annette Christiansen

This site will take the same informational text and adjust its lexile/grade-level based on your request.  It's great for readers of different abilities but worked well as an introductory tool to demonstrate diction and syntax analysis.
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Close Reading Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

analysis power point as step 1 of teaching analysis
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Diction Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

part 2 of my analysis instruction
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Syntax Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

syntax portion of my analysis instruction
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Diction/Syntax Analysis Practice

by Annette Christiansen

worksheet to practice diction and syntax
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Diction Lesson

by Annette Christiansen

Diction lesson/worksheet
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Analysis Unit Plan

by Annette Christiansen

The various parts are stored individually under resources but this is the overview of the unit plan with answers
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Twain Analysis Chart

by Annette Christiansen

Analysis chart I used for Huck Finn analysis
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Close Read Generic Chart

by Annette Christiansen

Chart for close reading any text
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Cornell Notes Analysis

by Annette Christiansen

Cornell notes for close reading/analysis lecture
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Lesson plan that helps students analyze nonfiction and participate in rewriting strategies.
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Teaching Frame Story

by Annette Christiansen

Lesson to teach frame story.  I used it with The Canterbury Tales.
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Canterbury Tales Frame Story

by Annette Christiansen

Lesson to have students create a personal frame story.  As an alternative, I have each student write a personal story and create a paper "frame" that says the hour and name of class and we put their stories inside.  2nd hour becomes the frame of all their individual stories.
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Canterbury Tales Job Project

by Annette Christiansen

Directions to have students research a job from the Middle Ages.
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Students use pictures of random people as the basis for creating their own stories and then we take a "pilgrimage" through the school to share our stories.  The class votes on the best story and the winner gets a prize (extra credit or a snack).
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The Prince Close and Critical Read

by Annette Christiansen

Used to help students do a guided reading of Machiavelli's The Prince.  I pair this with Hamlet so look for my Hamlet materials to see how they connect in writing.
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Renaissance Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

Used to introduce The Prince which leads into Hamlet and the British Renaissance.  
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Shakespeare Intro - Hamlet

by Annette Christiansen

Power point that has background on Shakespeare and suggestions for students regarding how to read and understand the language of Shakespeare.
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Heart of Darkness Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

Background information and discussion topics relating to Heart of Darkness
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Flannery O'Connor short study power point for discussion
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Hamlet Art Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

This is the power point I use while teaching the play.  It has materials to use before, during, and after each Act.  Additionally, it has artists' renderings of various scenes/interpretations of the play.  These can be used as discussion starters.
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Metaphysical Poets Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

power point to introduce the Metaphysical Poets.  
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Accompanies the handouts and power points included in the Teaching Literature/Information unit on the site.
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Cavalier Poem Graphic Organizer

by Annette Christiansen

graphic organizer to help students analyze Cavalier poems
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Cavalier Poets Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

power point and lessons for unit on Cavalier poetry.
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Introduction to Satire Power Point

by Annette Christiansen

power point to introduce satire.  I use it in preparation for teaching Gulliver's Travels and use an article from The Onion about paring down the Bill of Rights, one about Egypt's revolution, and one from The Hummus about a Muslim not smiling on a plane.  I can attach those texts if needed, just ask.
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Gulliver's Travels Quiz

by Annette Christiansen

Part of my Gulliver's Travels unit
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Gulliver's Travels Project

by Annette Christiansen

Gulliver's Travels project - I have students read only one section and jigsaw it for others.
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Gulliver's Travels 1

by Annette Christiansen

Gulliver's Travels notes
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Gulliver's Travels Close Read

by Annette Christiansen

Gulliver's Travels Close Read sheet to give to students to help them organize their reading for the presentation
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Frankenstein Literary Allusions

by Annette Christiansen

Suggestions for student study questions (group discussion) on literature students should read prior to Frankenstein.  I plan to create a poster for each text to have students add to it when they begin to see its relationship to Frankenstein
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Frankenstein Unit Plan

by Annette Christiansen

Frankenstein, literature, lesson plans
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