Ch 11: Text Analysis & Close Reading Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Text Analysis and Close Reading chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach reading and visualization strategies to the students in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Text Analysis and Close Reading chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Get the Gist of an Essay and Improve Reading Comprehension;
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
Identifying an essay's main ideas;
Understanding words by looking at the words around them
Tuesday What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning;
Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge and Word Structure
Exploring the use of inference in literature;
Understanding literature through context clues and word structure
Wednesday Reading Strategies Using Visualization;
What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions and Examples
Learning to visualize to better understand reading material;
Distinguishing between connotation and denotation in literature
Thursday Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage;
What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
Understanding the author's feelings by identifying tone and mood;
The importance of organization in a story
Friday Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies;
Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
A look at two perspectives that help us understand literature;
Identifying the author's message by analyzing text

20 Lessons in Chapter 11: Text Analysis & Close Reading Lesson Plans
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Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

1. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

3. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

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

5. 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.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

6. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

8. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

10. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

Context Clue: Definition & Examples

11. Context Clue: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.

What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples

12. What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples

It takes a lot of courage to write a memoir: to reveal personal aspects about one's private life. In this lesson, we will take a look at what makes a story a memoir and examine a few of the most popular memoirs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

13. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all read short stories, such as 'A Country Doctor' by Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics of the short story and explore some noteworthy examples by American and European writers.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

14. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

15. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

16. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

17. Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

How can you show you comprehend what you have read? One strategy is to summarize information. This lesson discusses three methods for summarizing that can demonstrate reading comprehension.

Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

18. Structure in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn exactly what is meant by structure of literature. Some common methods of organization are provided. The main focus will explore the narrative structure of literature, using the popular story of Cinderella to help understand the various elements associated with this structure.

Elements of a Short Story

19. Elements of a Short Story

When you read a short story, have you ever stopped to think about its main elements? This lesson discusses the five main elements of a short story, including characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.

How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another

20. How Story Elements Interact & Shape One Another

Story elements are not just individual parts of a story that function on their own. In this lesson, we will explore the basic elements of a story and how they interact and shape one another to affect the story.

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