Activity Overview

A critical analysis asks students to analyze 1 or 2 specific topics from a text and evaluate the impact of that topic on the work as a whole, as well as the author’s effectiveness in expressing that topic throughout the work. In this activity, students will use the template provided to complete a critical analysis of The Stars Beneath Our Feet. The worksheets can be used as a preliminary way to organize information before a larger paper or on their own, and teachers can scaffold and modify as desired.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Form a critical analysis for The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

Student Instructions:

  1. Develop and write a thesis statement.
  2. Write a summary of 3-4 key events in the story.
  3. Analyze these events.
  4. Write a conclusion.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/6] Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text


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