Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method

Grade 8 / ELA / Poetry
CCSS: ELA.RL.8.4 ELA.RL.8.5

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6–12

8

8th Grade

4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6–12

8

8th Grade

5

Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)
Lesson Objective
Students use the SIFT method to critically analyze two poems
Length
5 min
Questions to Consider
What are advantages and limitations of using a process such as the SIFT method?
Why is it helpful to focus on one overarching portion of the process (tone/theme)?
How does small group discussion prepare students for richer, more rigorous whole group discussion?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.8.4, ELA.RL.8.5

Supporting Materials

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  • SIFT Method for Analyzing Literature - Outline

  • Poetry Lesson Using the SIFT Method

  • Graphic Organizer for SIFT Method

  • In Time of Silver Rain Poem

  • There Will Come Soft Rains - Teasdale

  • Transcript for The SIFT Method

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method

Grade 8 / ELA / Poetry

Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method