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Reading Literature in Grade 7 ELA

Monday, November 16, 2015

book iconReading Literature in Grade 7 English Language Arts


Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text, Reading Literature, standard 6, grade 7 (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL7.6).

Why?  Observing and thinking about how an author creates a text helps students to create their own text. Point of view is an element that can completely change

How?  Prompt students to observe how the author develops point of view through guiding questions. Who is telling the story? Whose thoughts and ideas are represented? Whose thoughts and ideas are not being shared? How does the author let us know how the character/narrator thinks and feels?

What?  The word “analyze” appears in many standards. To analyze something means to examine it in great detail in order to better understand that thing and to be able to identify its parts.We ask students to analyze so that they may apply that information to other tasks.


Here is a resource that demonstrates how to engage students in draft or multiple readings with the specific task of analyzing how an author develops the points of view of different characters 
Use this Question the Author tool to prepare students for a discussion in which they analyze a text.
Wisconsin author Molly Magestro talks about her writing process and the points of view of characters in the book she’s working on now