Close Reading & Analysis Anchor Charts

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Learning Targets — I can…

  • Read closely and critically to analyze and determine the meaning of passages in the novel, not just literal meaning but more metaphorical and symbolic meaning.
  • Make connections among and draw conclusions about seemingly separate or very different passages of a novel.
  • Use and cite specific evidence and examples to support my analysis.

What is an anchor chart?

According to the website We Are Teachers, “Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process.” Since each class thought about, closely read, and analyzed separate topics in To Kill a Mockingbird, we are all going to create anchor charts to make our work visible to the other sections. Think of an anchor chart as a kind of handmade infographic.

Close Reading and Analysis Anchor Charts

The ultimate goal of your anchor chart is to answer the essential questions listed for your section on my website (in bold at the top of your section’s post). Use your notes from your Close Reading and Analysis forms to determine what needs to go on your anchor chart.

Include both images and words and use artistic and design elements such as color and lettering to create a comprehensive anchor chart that helps the other sections understand your section’s essential questions.

Use specific evidence and always cite page numbers!

While anchor charts may seem Lower School, really, the close reading and analysis you’re presenting in this medium is very tough stuff — Upper School level stuff! Double- and triple-check that you’re hitting the learning targets.