Research-Related TEKS
• brainstorm, consult with others, decide upon
a topic, and formulate a major research
question to a...
What is Literary Analysis?
What is Literary Analysis?
It’s moving from
the shallow end
of reading…
What is Literary Analysis?
It’s moving from
the shallow end
of reading…
…to the
Deep end.
What is Literary Analysis?
The House On Mango Street
“Four Skinny Trees”
By Sandra Cisneros
“Four Skinny Trees”
Take a few minutes to read the
vignette in The House On Mango
Street, Page 74
“Four Skinny Trees”
Now let’s analyze:
What’s going on here?
What does this vignette mean?
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand
me. I am the only one who understands
them. Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
They are the only ones who understand me.
I am the only one who understands them.
Four s...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Their strength is secret. They send ferocious
roots beneath the ground. They grow up and...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, eah with t...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, each with ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being…
If someone “forgets his reason
for being”, what is ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, each with ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, each with ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, each with ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
Let one forget his reason for being, they’d
all droop like tulips in a glass, each with ...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
Four Skinny Trees
Sandra Cisneros
When I am too sad and too skinny to keep
keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so
many...
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  1. 1. Research-Related TEKS • brainstorm, consult with others, decide upon a topic, and formulate a major research question to address the major research topic.[20A]
  2. 2. What is Literary Analysis?
  3. 3. What is Literary Analysis? It’s moving from the shallow end of reading…
  4. 4. What is Literary Analysis? It’s moving from the shallow end of reading… …to the Deep end.
  5. 5. What is Literary Analysis? The House On Mango Street “Four Skinny Trees” By Sandra Cisneros
  6. 6. “Four Skinny Trees” Take a few minutes to read the vignette in The House On Mango Street, Page 74
  7. 7. “Four Skinny Trees” Now let’s analyze: What’s going on here? What does this vignette mean?
  8. 8. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Onyourcopy,circlethe pronouns inthisparagraph
  9. 9. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things.
  10. 10. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Who are THEY? Who is ME? ??? Who is Nenny ?
  11. 11. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Onyourcopy, underlineexamplesof personification
  12. 12. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Whyarethese examplesof personification? Whodoesthe personification reallyreferto?
  13. 13. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Now,drawboxes aroundexpressionsof imagery…
  14. 14. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Can’tyoujustsee thisimageinyour mind’seye? Whoelsewas PLANTEDhere,but byherparents?
  15. 15. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Now,drawboxes aroundexpressionsof theme…
  16. 16. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Whatthemedo thesetoptwo linesconvey? Whattheme doesthisline in themiddle convey?
  17. 17. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Thisisanexampleof whatliterarydevice? (Itstartswitha“P”)
  18. 18. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Wow!You’veanalyzedthefirstparagraphofthis vignetteandalreadyyou’vefoundexamplesof: •Personification •Imagery •Theme •Paradox
  19. 19. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. THISisliteraryanalysis! (Notdifficultatall,huh?) This is exactly the kind of thinking you’ll use to write your research paper.
  20. 20. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Let’sdothesecond paragraphtogether now…
  21. 21. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep.
  22. 22. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. First,whocantellus whatdictionis?
  23. 23. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. Let’slookathow dictionhelpssetthe toneofthis 2nd paragraph…
  24. 24. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. ConsideringCisneros’ wordchoice(diction), whatistheTONEofthis partofthepassage?
  25. 25. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. NowLet’slookathow personificationhelps setthetoneofthis 2nd paragraph…
  26. 26. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. Wherearesome examplesof personificationinthis paragraph?
  27. 27. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. SeehowCisnerosusesboth dictionandpersonification toestablishTONE?
  28. 28. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here, but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn’t appreciate these things. Finally,let’sanalyze whichpartsof paragraph#2illustrate theme…
  29. 29. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. Whereisthe strengthof thetrees? Inwhatwayis thissecret? Whereis Esperanza’s strength? Inwhatwayis thissecret?
  30. 30. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep. “secretstrength”… “thisishowthey keep”… Whatdoyouinferthe themetobe?
  31. 31. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, eah with their arms around the other. Keep, keep, keep, trees say when I sleep. Let’smoveonto paragraph#3to analyzeotherways Cisnerosconveys theme…
  32. 32. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. Keep, keep, keep, trees say when I sleep.
  33. 33. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being… If someone “forgets his reason for being”, what is happening in their mind? What does this mean?
  34. 34. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. If the trees “all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around each other”, are they doing? What does this mean?
  35. 35. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. Can you spot the simile in that sentence?
  36. 36. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. Canyouspotthesimileinthatsentence? (Remember:similesarecomparisonsthat alwayscontainthewords“like”or“as”.) HereCisnerosusessimiletoconveyatheme ofmutualsupport,atoneofcompassion.
  37. 37. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros Let one forget his reason for being, they’d all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. Keep, keep, keep, trees say when I sleep. They teach. Whileshesleeps,Esperanzaimaginesthatthe treesareurgingherto“keep,keep,keep”. Whatdoesthismean? Whatthemedoesitsuggest?
  38. 38. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. When there is nothing left to look at on the street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be. Lastbutnotleast:let’s analyzeParagraph#4 fortoneandtheme…
  39. 39. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks… HowisEsperanza/SandraCisnerosfeeling here? Whatdoesthattellyouaboutthetone?
  40. 40. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. Why is it that when Esperanza is feeling weak and sad she looks at the trees? What do the trees give her? What does this suggest about theme?
  41. 41. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. When there is nothing left to look at on the street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be.
  42. 42. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. When there is nothing left to look at on the street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be. Why does Esperanza repeat the word “four”here?
  43. 43. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. When there is nothing left to look at on the street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be. What does this say about the trees? What does it mean to Esperanza?
  44. 44. Four Skinny Trees Sandra Cisneros When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is that I look to the trees. When there is nothing left to look at on the street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be. “…whose only reason is to beand be.” What does this suggestabout theme?

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