When it comes to teaching literature, some homeschool families like to use curricula that comes complete with pre-determined reading lists, comprehension and discussion questions. Other familes like to use literature guides for specific books, many of which are available for free. But what if you want a literary analysis study with questions, activities and essay topics that can be used with any book?
Since all works of fiction share the same basic elements, you can help your kids recognize and evaluate these elements using more generic resources. Here are some that are free:
Literary Elements: This short video lesson describes how the basic literary elements affect one another in a story, using Hunger Games as an example.
Literary Visions: This series of half-hour videos from Annenberg Learner discusses the basic elements of fiction in stories, poems, and plays.
If you want to delve deeper, you can get into the various techniques writers use, such as symbolism, tone, diction and point of view. Here are several worksheets to help study these:
- Questions to consider when analyzing setting, plot, character, point of view, symbolism, and theme. 6pp.
- These worksheets provide suggestions for analyzing plot, point of view, tone, character, setting, theme, style, diction, syntax, imagery, symbolism, figurative language, irony, and quotes. 8 pp.
- Blank chart to fill in with information on various literary elements. 4 pp.:
You can also study based on the type of work, for example, analyzing a play (4 pp.) or poetry (3 pp.). This generic novel study guide breaks a book into thirds, with suggested questions for the beginning, middle, and end of a book. Includes word study and activity suggestions. (4 pp.) Here are 10 activities for analyzing short stories.