1984: Close analysis of a passage (review)

Hi folks!  Today we’re going to review how to write a close analysis of a prose passage.

First, let’s review how to annotate effectively. This list of “I Can” statements will help remind you that you already know what to do!

Next, let’s look at a passage from 1984. It includes a prompt at the top. The format is exactly what you can expect to see tomorrow for the timed writing.  Let’s read and annotate the prompt and first paragraph together.

Now, silently, finish reading and annotating the passage. When you’re done, you’ll be discussing in groups, then as an entire class.

Let’s review our “I Can” statements for writing a close analysis. This will refresh your memory on how to write one. What are you doing well? What are you still struggling with?

With the time remaining, begin writing a precis.

Tomorrow, be prepared to select one prompt (you’ll have three to choose from) to read, annotate, and write an essay on in 40 minutes. You can do it!

Remember, Major Works Data Sheets are due tomorrow as well.

Dystopian Poetry

Hi folks!  Today, we’re going to study the dystopian poem, “September 1st, 1939” by W.H. Auden.

First, read and annotate the poem.

Next, in groups, decide where the tonal “chunks” are and cut one of your poems apart into these chunks and tape it onto a white board.

On the white board, label the poem with the following:

  • An adjective to describe each chunk
  • For each chunk, a list of literary devices used and their effect
  • An analysis of the title
  • A sentence which states the theme.
  • Be sure to always pay special attention to the first and last lines in all poetry!

We’ll be doing a gallery walk so you can see each other’s interpretations.