Resources for Close Reading and Literary Analysis Lessons
Teaching students how to dig into the deeper meaning of texts is one of the more fun and magical parts of the ELA curriculum. Through close reading, textual analysis, and literary analysis lessons, students can discover the greater significance of what they read, watch, and listen to. By digging into elements of story like theme, plot, and character, students move beyond comprehension and understand the mechanics of texts. Then, by examining a text's allusions, symbols, and historical and cultural contexts, students reflect on their world. If all goes well, practicing these skills will foster a deeper love for the written word. The resources on this list support the building of these close reading skills: Find tools for annotating and discussing texts, reading platforms, and supplemental resources for planning lessons.