About This Chapter
Standard: Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.5)
About This Chapter
Use these lessons to help your students get a solid grasp of the terminology and methodology behind analysis and a basic understanding of how structure is itself a tool for authors to expand meaning and develop feeling. These lessons discuss:
- What literary structure is and how it affects meaning
- Methods for identifying and analyzing structure
- Foreshadowing and character in prose
- Definitions of literary terms in poetry and prose
Students who have completed these lessons should exhibit a measurable understanding of the elements comprising structural analysis (i.e. plot, setting, character, conflict, and resolution) and the terms used in the analysis. They can look deeply into works under study, finding meaning and purpose hidden among the words.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Feel free to use these ideas to get started using these lessons in your classroom.
Watch the video on prose with your students in class. For a homework assignment, have students take note of an event which foreshadows something to come in a story they watched or read. Have them describe the foreshadowing and what it portended in a journal entry. They should also describe why the author chose to use foreshadowing.
In single-elimination trivia, ask each student to define a single literary term described in the two related videos. The winner is exempted from taking the chapter assessment.
Using your teacher interface, have links to these videos emailed to students who must miss class to stay caught up during their absence. You can also assign lessons to students who have been struggling in particular areas.
1. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
The structure of a written story impacts the story's meaning. This lesson will define what is in a story, the framework of a story, and how the story is organized impacts the meaning of the story.
2. How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure
Understanding the organization of a piece of writing is imperative to gain a full understanding of the author's message. In this lesson, we'll learn how to identify and analyze several common text structures.
3. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character
Prose is often defined as any type of writing without a metered structure. Newspaper articles, biographies, blog posts, novels, and free-verse poetry are all examples of prose writing. Learn about prose writing and how to interpret prose writing to go beyond surface details. Find underlying meaning through foreshadowing and character development.
4. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry
Poetry, to the uninitiated reader, can seem like a literary art form with no rules, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Learn poetry terminology that will make poem appreciation easier and richer, including: how poems are divided up (verses, stanzas), how writers form a poem's rhythm (feet, stress, emphasis, meter), how the meanings of words affect a poem's meaning (denotation, connotation), types of wordplay used (alliteration, irony), and types of poems (doggerel, sonnet).
5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose
In literature, prose is broadly defined as anything in written language that isn't poetry. Explore a glossary of terms about prose structure, conflict, narrative, resolution, themes, subtext, and tone.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Literature: Standards course
- Citing Textual Evidence: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
- Central Theme or Idea: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
- Literary Elements: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
- Literary Devices: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
- Poetry Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
- Fiction Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
- Drama Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
- Point of View in Literature: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
- Comparing Mediums in Literature: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7
- Portrayal of Time, Place & Character in Literature: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.9
- Literature Comprehension & Practice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.10