Awesome way to approach literary analysis in the workshop classroom. This is often so difficult and these guys offered a refreshing perspective and great examples!
But even if we want to, how can we teach literary analysis in writing studies throughout the school year using a workshop approach?
Do we just repeat the same mini-lessons again and again until the students have mastered them? Do we teach the mini-lessons once at the beginning of the year and just bring out new mentor texts for each subsequent go-round? Do we only teach literary analysis in one study of the year and hope it sticks?
Technique-Based Analysis Studies
To combine the study of literary analysis writing and writing workshop, one trick I have found is to break literary analysis into sub-genres: analyzing theme, analyzing character, analyzing symbol, analyzing a key passage, etc. Not all analysis is created equal — in different kinds of analysis the techniques differ. The structures differ. The way we read, think, and unpack our ideas differs. So, we can teach students to look…
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