Ch 5: Structure in Literature: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5

About This Chapter

Establish a firm foundation for analyzing literary forms in general as you develop competency in literary analysis with your students. Use the activity ideas as a starting point for meeting the requirements for the Common Core.

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.

Recognizing foreshadowing

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.

Literary trivia

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.

Absentee make-up

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.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Structure in Literature: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
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What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

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.

How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

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.

What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

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).

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

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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