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Literary Analysis Through Short Stories 
(Reading Literature 8.1, 8.2 & Writing 8.1)

Click here for: Instruction on Gathering Textual Evidence & Offering Sound Reasoning Slides that we used during Touching Spirit Bear.
(Especially if you missed a day or part of day when we learned this or reviewed it again.)

Links to Graphics Organizers for Gathering Evidence using the CER Framework

Archives (Stuff We're Done With Now/Stuff you already know because you learned it!)
Touching Spirit Bear Materials
I will give you feedback, and you may be asked to re-do any of these worksheets in order to improve your skill.  Less work for you if you read the directions & look at the instruction before doing your very, very best!
  • Character list + page numbers: WS listing all the characters and who they are in relation to Cole. Add page numbers where info is.
  • Specific Character traits + page numbers: Cole’s Character - Look at Cole from various angles using a graphic organizer, write the things about Cole AND ADD THE PAGE NUMBERS where the information was found.
  • Given a claim, task is to find text evidence supporting the claim + page numbers + reasoned explanation for how the evidence supports the claim.

    • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning WS asking for evidence that Cole doesn’t take responsibility for his own actions; He blames everyone for his troubles. I make the claim, students find the evidence (LOTS of it for this claim) and verbatim quote the book, add the page numbers, then the reasoning to connect the evidence to supporting the claim (written in a table).

  • Given 2 opposite claims, task is to find evidence supporting each claim, although they are opposites.

  • 1: First find evidence to support “Cole is changing” + page numbers + reasoned explanation for how the evidence supports the claim.  

  • 2: THEN, find evidence to support “Cole is not changing” + page numbers + reasoned explanation for how evidence supports that claim.

  • Rationale for scaffold: shows two perspectives, prompts discussion, since one piece of evidence can be used for both sides, illuminates the need for logical, sound reasoning.

WS #4: Graphic Organizer in ( Portrait ) or ( Landscape ) to gather evidence to support claim about the THEME in TSB.