Analyzing Plot – Digital Collaborative Analysis Activity for Distance Learning


Collaborate digitally and study fiction! Engage students in authentic literary analysis with this digital collaborative analysis activity that focuses on analyzing plot. This teaching resource includes two Google-docs that are ideal for any fiction text.

Analyzing Plot Doc 1 – Collaborative Analysis

Step 1: Digital collaboration. In the first document, students collaborate and answer a series of text-based questions about the plot of the story. Students will work together to answer one guiding question together, and then each student will contribute to the collaborative discussion by answering a question individually.

This analyzing plot response to literature activity includes five standards-based questions in the first document. Each question requires students to find and cite evidence to support their answers. As students collaborate together in this shared document, they will help each other analyze and better understand the story.

Analyzing Plot Doc 2 – Individual Writing Assignment

Step 2: Individual writing. In the second document, students will demonstrate their understanding of the plot by responding to the writing prompt and writing a one-paragraph literary analysis response.

The writing prompt, which focuses on analyzing the plot of the story, includes sentence frames to help teach academic writing to students.

This is a SMARTePlans digital activity that is ideal for the 1:1 secondary ELA classroom, remote and distance teaching, and hybrid teaching.

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