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Lesson One: Summary V. Analysis

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This is the first lesson in our "Writing Lessons" series, on summarizing and analyzing.

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Lesson One: Summary V. Analysis

  1. 1. 2/25/13
  2. 2. • Please spend the next 5-10 minutes answering the following questions on your own paper. • Generally, I won’t collect journals; I may ask you to share your answers. • Today, I will collect your journals, for the feedback. Feel free not to put your name on it.• Why are you here (at the writing lesson)?• What do you hope to gain by being here?• What types of things do you want/need to study? What are your area(s) of weakness, when it comes to writing, especially writing about reading?• Are you dedicated to becoming better at writing? Explain.
  3. 3. • What do you know about SUMMARY and ANALYSIS? • What do these words mean? • Why types of things are SUMMARY? • What types of things are ANALYSIS?
  4. 4. What ANALYSIS IS What ANALYSIS IS NOT• EXAMINATION • SUMMARY• EXPLORATION • RETELLING• COMPARISON • FACTS• INFERENCE • (MERE) DESCRIPTION• EVALUATION • LISTING• JUDGMENT • DEFINITION• PREDICTION • IDENTIFICATION• HYPOTHESIS • RECITATION• GENERALIZATION • OBSERVATION• APPLICATION
  5. 5. • EXAMINATION—looking more closely• EXPLORATION—trying to figure out ―why‖ (beyond what we’re told)• COMPARISON—within and outside of the story• INFERENCE— ―Maybe the author had the main character do this because…‖—educated guess• EVALUATION— ―I agree/disagree with what this character did because…‖• JUDGMENT– ―I don’t think this character was written believably because…‖• PREDICTION– ―I think that the character’s reaction to this major event will be…‖• HYPOTHESIS– ―I suggest that x character did y because of…‖• GENERALIZATION– ―X character’s behavior is typical of teenagers because…‖• APPLICATION– ―We can all learn from this character’s mistakes and not…‖
  6. 6. • We’re going to read this story together.• Be ready to summarize what we’ve read.• Be ready to analyze what we’ve read.• Consider these terms before/as we read: • foreshadowing, flashback, setting, plot, characters, figurative language, point of view (POV), style, theme
  7. 7. 1. Write-Around: With your partner/group, take turns writing chronological sentences summarizing the story. Use no more than 6-8 sentences.2. Listing: With your partner/group, brainstorm and take turns recording any analytical questions you have or can come up with about this story.3. Annotated Bibliography: On your own paper, write a summary and analysis of this story. Each should be a paragraph of 5-8 sentences. You will turn this in. 1. If you can correctly cite this story, add that at the top or bottom for bonus points.
  8. 8. • These are some concepts we may discuss in future classes: • foreshadowing, flashback, setting, plot, characters, figurative language, point of view (POV), style, theme• What do you already know about them?• Can you apply them to our story?

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