*All assignments and lessons are original*
This assignment asks students to relate the texts we read in class to the real world and to publish their thoughts in a public place–our class blog–so that our in-class conversations can continue outside of the classroom.
I consider this essay the rhetorical analysis of literature: students must choose a small piece of text from a larger work and analyze HOW an author makes an argument or compels the reader to feel a certain way.
This is a hybrid assignment that asks students to use personal evidence in order to more fully analyze a character. The ultimate goal of this assignment is to have students analyze themselves as much as they analyze a text and to see that we have intimate connections with the literature we read.
A guide sheet to help students fine-tune their close reading skills. This handout uses Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” as an example because it is a text we read on the first day of the semester.
A handout that aims to break down a paragraph and demonstrate that it is a mini-essay in itself, with a focus (topic sentence), evidence (quotes, summary, etc.), and analysis.
A tutoring aid that helps teachers and tutors explain a thesis statement to students.
Primarily used in Composition classes, the toolbox is a method of discussing the various types of evidence an author can use to persuade his or her reader.