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Textual Analysis Made Easy : Ready-to-Use Tools for Teachers, Grades 5-8 (Hardcover) (C. Brian Taylor)

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In this new book, you’ll learn how to teach evidence-based writing using a variety of tools, activities, and sample literary texts. Showing elementary and middle school students how to think critically about what they’re reading can be a challenge, but author C. Brian Taylor makes it easy by presenting twelve critical thinking tools along with step-by-step instructions for implementing each one effectively in the classroom. You’ll learn how to:

  • Design units and lesson plans that gradually introduce your students to more complex levels of textual analysis;
  • Encourage students to dig deeper by using the 12 Tools for Critical Thinking;
  • Help students identify context and analyze quotes with the Evidence Finder graphic organizer;
  • Use the Secret Recipe strategy to construct persuasive evidence-based responses that analyze a text’s content or technique;
  • Create Cue Cards to teach students how to recognize and define common literary devices.

The book also offers a series of extra examples using mentor texts, so you can clearly see how the strategies in this book can be applied to excerpts from popular, canonical, and semi-historical literature. Additionally, a number of the tools and templates in the book are available as free eResources from our website (, so you can start using them immediately in your classroom.

Number of Pages: 156
Genre: Education
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: C. Brian Taylor
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2016
TCIN: 51543369
UPC: 9781138950641
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-3822

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