Start off analysis of a text with a instructional activity that asks pupils to complete several tasks. Class members note down a couple of characters or people and their distinguishing traits, describe the most important event, summarize the text briefly, and determine the central idea. All of this fits on one page and could be used to spark further discussion or prepare students for a longer written assignment.
- Could be used with almost any story or historical piece
- Add in sentence starters or frames to more fully scaffold the task