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Ch 6: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis

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These videos will give your student a fresh look at deconstructing and finding meaning in literature as they prepare for the SBA in English Language Arts for grades 3-5. See how they're doing by assigning the quizzes and test.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis - Chapter Summary

Teachers and parents looking to give their student a boost in their ability to break a work of literature down into its component parts can direct their student to these videos. In this chapter students can prepare for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts as our expert instructors guide them through various strategies for analyzing written works. These lessons will discuss:

  • Literary movements/periods
  • A step-by-step process for analyzing a passage
  • Interpreting meaning in literature
  • Analysis of language, narrator, and plot
  • Deconstructing literature
  • American short stories
  • Rhetorical devices

Assigning your students these video lessons is one of the easiest methods of review you'll find. Each video is about 5 minutes long and uses fun graphics and engaging examples to hold students' attention. They will be able to learn with humor what can otherwise be a fairly dry topic. Use the brief, multiple-choice quiz to see how well they understood the information presented. The chapter test is also multiple-choice and designed to help you determine which areas your student may need to revisit.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis - Chapter Objectives

The SBA are comprehensive evaluations of student understanding and synthesis of the Common Core standards. The English Language Arts portion for 3rd through 5th grade students takes about four hours to complete (though it is entirely untimed) and includes 43-47 items. Your student will be required to complete multiple-choice and brief response questions during the computer adaptive testing (CAT) portion and small research projects in the performance tasks (PT) portion. The assessments are broken up into the categories of Writing, Reading, Listening/Speaking, and Research.

The content of these lessons will be most beneficial during the 7-8 CAT items in the Literary portion of the Reading category. By completing the lessons here your student can approach that potentially stressful test with greater competence and self-assurance, and of course greater knowledge. The SBA are not pass/fail tests, but helping your student perform at their maximum potential is beneficial in helping the school determine how to guide the following years of your child's education.

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

2. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Language Analysis in Literature: Overview & Examples

4. Language Analysis in Literature: Overview & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn how to analyze literary language. In no time at all, you will be able to skillfully spot stand-out-moments in any given literary text. Then you'll learn how to dissect these literary nuances, making meaning out of complex literature.

Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

5. Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

Deconstruction is a method of literary analysis that challenges our comfortable assumptions. This lesson will define deconstructionism, explain its background, and provide examples of deconstructionist readings.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

6. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

7. Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

Thinking about who is telling the story in a novel, and what he or she might be leaving out, is crucial to understanding that novel. Learn about the various types of points of view in American novels, as well as a few specific, noteworthy narrators, in this lesson.

Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

8. Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples

A novel's plot involves more than just what happens in the story. Authors employ a number of techniques, including foreshadowing, red herrings, backstory, and B-plots to enrich their stories.

Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

9. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples

Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.

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