"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
TPCASTT - An invaluable mnemonic device to help students analyze poetry. For a detailed how-to, visit the Poetry Analysis page on this site. I have found this especially helpful for building foundational annotating skills in ninth and tenth graders in preparation for AP and IB English courses.
DIFLS - My own approach to DIDLS, a helpful introductory mnemonic device to help students analyze prose. I have found my own adaptation of this method especially helpful for building foundational annotating skills in ninth and tenth graders in preparation for AP and IB English courses. Click here for a blank template.
T-SIFT-T - A mnemonic device to help students analyze prose, designed for students who are experienced in the process.
SOAPSTone - Another acronym to assist students with annotation. This one lends itself best to students who have prior experience or a proficient understanding of literary devices already.
Style Analysis Guides
Getting Rid of Naked Quotes - An essential aspect of any argumentative writing is being able to purposefully and smoothly incorporate evidence, ideas, quotations, or other arguments into your own writing. To that end, these resources, complied from various sources, is meant to help you help students dress up their "naked quotes."
Resources by Literary Works Guides
Crime and Punishment
A Doll's House
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Great Gatsby
The Lord of the Flies
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Of Mice and Men
Pride and Prejudice
Things Fall Apart