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Critical Literary Analysis Essay

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One type of informational non-fiction composition that you’ll be working on throughout this course is the critical essay—or, as it’s sometimes called, the analytical essay. A critical essay is...

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Novel Study: Unit Outline and Schedule

Why do we study the novel?  Evaluations and Schedule


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English 30-1

Novel Study via Literature Circles: Night, The Catcher In The Rye, Ordinary People, The Great Gatsby, The Bean Trees, Lullabies for Little Criminals


The Big Idea a.ka. Why are we studying the novel?


The novels selected for your study “have been chosen because they have something vital to say to us.  In addition to their individual, specifics messages of prejudice, power, love or hate, living and dying, however, they and all great literature also share a common intent.  They force us to think—about life, literature and about others, not just about ourselves.  They pry us from the narrow confines of our minds and thrust us outward to confront the world of books and the larger, real world we all share.”  Through deep reading, thoughtful writing, and enriching conversation with literature and the world we develop a greater appreciation for literature and the human condition. 


Remember, the novel is made up of many parts interacting to create a coherent whole.  In reading a novel, the more obvious features can be easily spotted—theme, characters, plot—but we may overlook the more subtle elements that greatly influence how the novel is perceived by the reader: viewpoint, mood and tone, symbolism, or the use of humor.  By focusing on the obvious and more subtle literacy elements with a novel a reader can analyze for message in determine how and why that message is communicated. 


Telgen, Diane. Novels For Students, Presenting Analysis, Context And Criticism On Commonly Studied Novels. 1st ed. 2. Detroit: Gale / Cengage Learning, 1997. Print.


Enduring Understandings


*novels are both a mirror and window to the world


*reading, writing, and speaking allow you to develop your own creative and critical cognitive abilities


*reading, writing, and speaking allow you to understand the world, yourself, and others



Essential Questions


*What are the inescapable aspects of the human condition?


*What is the significance of conflict in our lives—internal and external?


*What does the writer do to impact readers? 


What skills will I strategically use to critically analyze and discuss text?


(*The essential questions are always appropriate for use in literature circle meetings.)


The Evaluations


Literature Circle Meetings:


As a group, divide the text into 4 or 5 sections.  This will determine the number of literature circle meetings you need to have.  Schedule two dates with me to formally observe and evaluate your literature circle meetings. I will be around to formatively assess other literature circle meetings. I strongly suggest that you have completed the reading and discussion of the novel no later than the 10th class.


Resources for your novel will be posted on the Scoop It! site.  These resources are selected to assist you in deepening your comprehension of the text. Please use them!


Social Statement Stencil:


Please refer to the handout you received in early March that details the social statement stencil project.  You will be shown an exemplar of a completed project.  Schedule times with your group to complete this work.  Remember, you may choose to complete this project based on one of the short stories studied in the course, or the novel.


Critical Analysis Essay:


Using the novel as your text, create a critical analysis essay on a topic of your choice.



I am here to coach you throughout the process.  Please, do not hesitate to talk to me about any of your work: generating questions, answering questions, literature circle contributions, social statement stencil ideas and rationale, essay topics . . .  I am available during class time, blocks 2 and 3 (sometimes) in the library, and after school in the library.


















You and your group need to schedule:


Reading time for the novelLiterature Circle PreparationLiterature Circle MeetingsSocial Statement Stencil Project workCritical Analysis Essay work

It is up to your group to determine if some of the reading, lit circle preparation, and/or individual work is completed at home.


Write in pencil so that you can adapt the schedule.



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 Please note that the schedule runs for 15 classes.  I am unable to post the table in scoop it!

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