In this lesson, have your students write a literary analysis for a novel that has WWII as its setting or theme. This works great as part of a WWII Unit.
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WWII Novel Literary Analysis
Goal: Students will either read an independent novel with a WWII setting or theme or a teacher assigned novel with a WWII setting or theme. Students will also write a literary analysis.
Materials Needed: A World War II novel. This link gives a great number of possible novels. Popular choices include Night by Elie Wiesel, Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene, The Diary of Ann Frank by Ann Frank, Hiroshima by Lawrence Yep, Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes, or Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
Step 1 -- Assign students to read a novel. Select one particular novel or give a list from which to choose.
Step 2 -- Teach students to write a literary analysis. Explain the following:
This is not a book report. Do not write about what happened at the beginning, middle and end. Instead focus on what the author is trying to communicate or tell what was the author's point. Examine the literary devices used in the novel:
How the plot worked
Use of figurative language
Tone the author uses
Use of imagery and symbols
Use of characters
Use of setting
Use of allusions
Point of view
Choose three main ideas that you want to discuss in your paper. The paper can discuss three literary devices used or a more in-depth discussion of one literary device.
Decide on a thesis statement for the paper. A thesis statement is one sentence that tells the reader what the paper will discuss. For example: The novel ________ by ____________ shows the author's strong sense of morals through his use of imagery and symbols.