According to SpringBoard's Flexible Novel Unit, "The activities in this flexible unit can replace the activities in the second half of Grade 9, Unit 3, while still developing the skills and knowledge required for Embedded Assessment 2: Writing a Literary Analysis Essay. The unit begins by engaging students in studying the characters and setting established in the first chapter of the novel you have chosen. Several guided activities help students build their knowledge of literary elements to eventually understand the novel’s theme and how the author establishes that theme. By the end of the novel, students are ready to write a literary analysis essay for Embedded Assessment 2."
Practicing Close Reading and Annotation • Interacting with the Text Using a Double-Entry Journal • Making Inferences • Analyzing Point of View • Exploring Setting • Analyzing Characters • Determining the Meaning of Unknown Words • Analyzing an Author’s Word Choice • Investigating Conflict and Motivation • Analyzing an Author’s Use of Figurative Language • Mapping the Plot • Determining Theme
Analyzing Visual Texts Using OPTIC Analysis:
Paying attention to the details is a habit that is a necessary part of effective analysis. As you analyze visual texts (paintings, photographs, advertisements, maps, charts or graphs), the OPTIC strategy can help you construct meaning. O Write a brief overview of the image. In one sentence, what is this image about. P List all the parts that seem important (color, figures, textures, groupings, shadings, patterns, numbers, repetitions, etc.) (EVIDENCE) T How does the title or text contribute to the meaning? I Explain the interrelationships in the image. Consider how the parts come together to create a mood or convey an idea or an argument. C Write a conclusion paragraph that interprets the meaning of the image as a whole. (CLAIM) Click this file
Use this link to explore artwork related to the Russian Revolution. Choose ONE piece of art to analyze using the OPTIC analysis. Please see the link above for the document.