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Critically Analyzing Texts

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Kayla Gerkin

on 22 October 2012

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Critically Analyzing a Text By: Kayla Gerkin GR.11 - S.2 - GLE.11-1 Why We Should Critically Analyze a Text What is Critical Analysis? Activity #1 There are methods to critically analyze longer texts Critical analysis can be fun! Activity #2 1. Complex literary texts require critical reading approaches to effectively interpret and evaluate meaning Critically analyzing a text will help determine the meaning and will help to discover writing techniques the author may have used Critical analysis involves deconstructing a text using rational thought. Looking into the deeper meaning of a text may be a little overwhelming, but it's not as scary as it seems. One method is called SIFT: symbol, imagery, figurative language, theme or tone.
This method involves having students use different colors for each of these four things when found within a text. Use the SIFT method of analysis for this activity. Be sure to use textual evidence to back up your reasoning. Do not worry about citing page numbers. This excerpt is from Chapter 49 in the book and I know what you are referring to so just use quotes with (Ch 49) at the end of the quote. Your answer should be one page in length, double spaced, 12 pt font. Evidence Outcome a. ii.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their
development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on
one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the
text. (CCSS: RL.11-12.2) How Do We Critically Analyze a Text? http://deakin.edu.au/current-students/study-support/study-skills/handouts/critical-analysis.php To critically analyze a text, you have to question what is written instead of just accepting it at surface level. Look beneath the words on the page to find a deeper meaning if possible. You will need to complete this activity by making it into a word document. You only need to have the heading and your analysis. Don't type up the instructions. Look to the left for the activity! https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/sift-method-analyze-literature This video will show you how to SIFT! Critical Analysis does not only concern literature! You may think that critical analysis is only used with various texts. However, there are many ways to critically analyze and a person needs only to watch something being done to critically analyze. Activity #3 I hope you enjoyed watching the bowling video! There are many ways to analyze things that go on. Now you get to analyze people! I would like you all to observe a team (football, basketball, soccer, cheer, dance, drama). Whether or not all of these are considered "teams" it takes multiple people to make something work - thus making it a team. You can choose to pick one person and analyze them or you can analyze the team as a whole. If you are unable to observe a team, then you may observe your family or a family member. However, this is a critical analysis so know what you are getting into. This analysis will need to be a minimum of 2 pages in length and no more than 5 pages. Please keep the same heading with activity #3 in it and be sure to include a copy of your notes as evidence for your analysis. http://sarclair.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-analyze-people Tips on analyzing people Through critical analysis one can find many connections between two texts These connections were done on purpose by the author. However, as readers we may not realize these connections if we have not read all the texts that the author has. Often times the connections or meaning we may ask about, the author cannot answer. http://fajardo-acosta.com/worldlit/understanding.htm More explanation about the writing of writers Activity #4 In many of Jane Austen's novels there are connections that are made. There are also connections used from here novels and put in other novels The point of critically analyzing a text As you can see, there is a lot to learn as well as a lot to look at to critically analyze a text. I hope that all of these small projects have taught you how to pick up a piece of literature, whether it be a novel or a poem, and be able to see the writing technique an author uses or be able to pick apart a text. Now that you have learned so much, you only have one activity left! Activity #5 For this activity, you have a little more freedom. I want you to pick out your favorite character out of any piece of literature that we've read. This can be a novel or a poem. If you want to use a work that we have not covered in class, please make sure that it is of literary merit. This means that you cannot use a book like Twilight because there isn't a lot that you have to analyze in that text. The point of this exercise is to use your critical analysis skills to come up with the personality of your favorite character. I want to know what type of personality your character takes on and I want you to use textual evidence to support your analysis. This needs to be a 3 page paper and you will need to use citations and include a works cited page. This is necessary for all papers no matter if you choose a work from class. I really want you to hone in on who you think your character is and feel free to have some fun with this!
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