Writing about Literature

 Archetypes - The Quest, the Hero, the Journey

List of Archetypes
Archetype Journal Example
Blank Archetype Journal 

 Argumentation / Rhetoric

Avoid False Arguments
Syntax and Argumentation
Logic Terms
AP Language and Composition Vocabulary

 Character Analysis

Character Analysis - Analyze characters through their attitudes toward other characters or situations (tone) by recording their words on this character analysis grid.
Character X - Analyze characters in four areas.
Direct and Indirect Characterization Chart

Reading/Writing Workshop

Welcome to Writer's Workshop - Steve Peha's guide to making writer's workshop work - From www.ttms.org (Teaching That Makes Sense)
The Writing Process Notebook - How to organize a student writing notebook - Steve Peha's Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc. www.ttms.org
Reading Strategies

Genre Characteristics - Can you list the characteristics of a genre? Use this document to help you remember what to expect in each of the genres and subgenres.
The Five Facts of Fiction - How to write fiction -- including plot, characterization, setting, and much more! From Teaching That Makes Sense www.ttms.org
Discussion Questions Aligned to 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Reading OCCT - This document reflects the many, varied stems -- or question starts -- that are used on the reading OCCT. Use these in writing your own multiple choice questions for short, formative assessments.
Literary Genre Sample Stems for 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Reading OCCT - How to write test questions reflecting OCCT rigor - Genre questions frequently focus on students determining the characteristics of a genre -- rather than simply identifying the genre.
Inference Sample Stems for 8th Grade OCCT - How to write inference test questions for reading passages
Reading Writing Workshop Semester Overview - One Reading/Writing Workshop teacher's semester syllabus
Modeling Reading
Simple Reading Strategies
Twelve Words
Vocabulary and Comprehension Articles
"If They Don't Read Much"
Poetry Society of Oklahoma

Grade-Level Specific Reading/Writing Workshop Activities
Thanks to many of Edmond's reading/writing workshop teachers for their contribution of many of the following activities. Any Edmond reading/writing workshop teachers who are interested in sharing activities through this webpage are encouraged to contact Patty Foster. patty.foster@edmondschools.net

6th Grade Reading/Writing Workshop

Literature Circle Roles
Literature Circles
Literature Compare/Contrast Organizer
Lion/Witch/Wardrobe Movie Poster
My First Vivid Memory
Story Snake
Summer Vacation
How to Give a Book Talk
How to Give a Book Talk Rubric
How to Give a Book Talk Teacher's Directions
Five W's Organizer

7th Grade Reading/Writing Workshop

Acrostic Poem
Book Share Debate Form
Book Share 91 Ways
Character Sketch
Essay Outline
Hero Reflective Writing
Homonyms Just for Fun
Literature Circle Packet Character Map
Literature Circle Packet Character Development Story Map
Literary Terms for RWW
Literary Terms for RWW (Answers/Examples)
Literature Circle Packet
Reading Log
Reading/Writing Inventory
Sentence Grabbers
Touching Spirit Bear Character Chart
Touching Spirit Bear Symbolism
What is a Thesis
Silent Reading Record Author Purpose
Silent Reading Record Plot
Silent Reading Record Protagonist
Silent Reading Record Setting
What Is a Hinky Pink?
What Do I Wonder?
What Do I Wonder Poem
Zach's Lie Character Chart
Zach's Lie Character Sketch

8th Grade Reading/Writing Workshop

Literature Circle Discussion Director Log
Literature Circle Role Sheet
Acrostic Advertisements
BOOK BINGO Playing Card
Book Goal Requirements
Dialectical Notebook Overview
Dialectical Notebook 2-Column Journal
Dust Covers
Faux Biographies
Genre Cooperative Learning
Ideas for Nonreading
Jane Schaffer Intro./Concl. Shaping Sheets
Leading the Way
Plot Line
RAFT - Role, Audience, Format, and Topic
Short Work Analysis Guide
Story Elements

 Writing about Tone

List of Tone Words by Categories  
DIDLS -Elements of Tone

 Writing about Poetry

TP-CASTT What Is It? 
TP-CASTT "The Eagle and the Mole" Model Lesson 
TP-CASTT "Little Elegy" and The Little Prince" Model Lesson 
TP-CASTT Model Lesson Rubric

 Other Literature Analysis/Reading-Writing Documents

The Writing Teacher's Strategy Guide - Steve Peha's comprehensive guide to teaching writing
Read Like a Reader, Read Like a Writer - From "Teaching That Makes Sense" www.ttms.org - Reading passages are analyzed from the reader's point of view and then from the writer's point of view.  Fascinating!
How to Write a Summary 
How to Paraphrase

AP PARTS - A strategy for analyzing and writing about challenging text 
Comparison and Contrast Chart - Excellent visual for determining similarities and differences
Concept Map - What are the details, definitions, and examples of the main concept?
Critical Reading Chart
KWL Chart
Making Inferences - Writing about reading between the lines
Reader's Journal Questions
Setting Chart
SOAPS - Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Speaker (Helps with critical thinking about reading, leading to clarity in writing)
SOAPS Compare and Contrast
SOAPS Student Sheet
SQ3R - Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review (A reading/study/writing strategy)
Topic and Theme Organizer - The characters' reactions to the main idea lead to the theme.
Two-Story Tower - Compare and contrast the major elements of two works.
Viewpoint and Evidence Organizer - Analyze nonfiction to understand author's viewpoint.
Cause and Effect Organizer

Patty Foster
Language Arts Curriculum Content Specialist
Edmond Public Schools
1001 W. Danforth, Edmond, OK 73003
(405) 340-2208