Analyzing the Text
Language Arts, History, Science
Individual, Small Group, Ongoing
Students will expand their abilities to read, interpret, and critically analyze text.
Analyzing documents of any kind is a skill that will aid students in multiple subject areas. This is an ongoing skill to develop and strengthen. Key to success is repetition of the process. Students will move slowly at first, but with practice it will become second nature.
This process can be adapted and adjusted based on student abilities and on the type of document being analyzed.
15-45 minutes (depending on difficulty of the text)
The outline below is to be used when a document analysis is assigned.
Students work in small groups to analyze and dissect a reading, then report back to the class. This activity aids students in understanding complex material.
An in-depth, section-by-section breakdown of short writing prompts for use in journal assignments, assessments, and discussion starters.
Provide additional structure and guidance to that found in “Mining for Examples.” Students create their own study guide for the novel.
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Create a “message board” where students can post and comment upon important, entertaining, and interesting passages from The Red Pony.
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Breakdown major events, themes, and discussion topics. This is a rich source of information to help frame an entire unit plan for The Red Pony.