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AHS Subject Guides: English: J. Lyons

This guide includes print and online resources for English: Courses include: English Literature, Communication, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Journalism, Humanities, Reading, etc.

Children's Literature Analysis

Creative Writing

Children’s Books: Evaluation/Analysis

Objectives: To understand the creative process and elements included in successful picture books.To discuss and understand current trends in children’s literature.  Analysis and evaluation of picture book composition.

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1. Initiation - Discussion: What is your favorite children’s book or What is a memorable book from your childhood?  Why?


2. Read Aloud: Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak, 1963.


3. Discussion of book--using analysis worksheet as a guide for the discussion.

    Additional questions: What about the book is engaging to children?

Would you consider this to be a controversial book?


4. Transition to activity: You will be rotating through stations and reviewing children’s books. The books at each station share a commonality and with your group, you’ll need to determine what that is. Review the books--you won’t need to read them in their entirety. Skim, make observations. Pay attention to the following: themes, lessons, topics, authors, etc. You will have three minutes at each station. Jot down a few notes on the graphic organizer. We will discuss your findings when we reconvene.


5. Share out: What commonalities did you notice at the stations?


6. Group project introduction: Now that you’ve viewed many picture books, you need to choose one book with your group to read aloud and analyze. There’s additional books as well that were not included in the stations so feel free to look at those. If there’s a book your group would like to analyze and it isn’t here, please let Mrs. Hulse or Mr. Musco know. We may have it in our library.

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Format

English I

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Citation (updated 9-2018)

Objective: To understand how to effectively embed/blend quotations into literary analysis, to use MLA Style 8 in formal essays and papers.

ELA standards:


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


          Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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2.  Enter first name or nickname and click join session.

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English I

Paraphrasing Mini Lesson (1-2018, V. Hulse)

Information literacy topics covered

1. Explain objective: To understand what paraphrasing is, explain the importance of this skill, recognize what paraphrasing is and how this skill helps you avoid plagiarizing information and ideas. Take notes by paraphrasing what you read.


2. Paraphrasing--What is it?  View slideshow. Show video.


3. Practice: Students practice paraphrasing using a gradual release model (I do, we do, you do)  

Hand out worksheet to students

  • Ask students to read example 1 silently.
  • I DO: Using “think aloud” method, demonstrate how to paraphrase example 1.

Re-read one sentence at a time and put in own words

Have students write the paraphrase on back side of paper with you.

  • Ask students to read example 2.
  • WE DO:  With volunteers from class, go sentence by sentence and paraphrase example 2 as a class.
  • Ask students to read example 3.
  • YOU DO: Ask students to paraphrase example 3 independently.  Fill out response on google form. Share responses via google sheets.
  • Discuss how the practice went--(strengths, challenges)

4. Wrap Up Discussion: How will paraphrasing help you with taking notes?  

Amity High School, Amity Region 5 School District, Woodbridge, CT 06525, 203-397-4844 Librarians: Robert F. Musco and Victoria Hulse Copyright 2017