Analytical Response to Literature, 4th ed. (formerly known as Teaching the Multiparagraph Essay, 3rd ed.)


In 1999, Jane Schaffer Enterprises published Teaching the Multiparagraph Essay: A Sequential Nine-Week Unit. 3rd edition. Jane began working on the fourth edition in 2005 but had not completed it when she passed away in 2010. This fourth edition was posthumously published in 2013 in Jane's honor and dedicated to her grandsons, Noah and Sam. The fourth edition, titled Teaching Analytical Response to Literature focuses on literary analysis, also known as response to literature. Developed in this 248-page guide are materials for both middle school and high school students of all levels who have a variety of learning styles. From the very simple model of the Cinderella paragraph to Advanced Placement® interpretations, this guide reveals an academic approach to writing. The standards-based curriculum guide demonstrates alignment with both the Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The scaffolding of skills includes Jane’s prewriting strategies, student-centered terminology, color-coding, and Web-off-the-Word™, Jane's breakthrough approach to commentary and vocabulary development. From terminology to final draft essays, this guide is designed to assist the English language arts teacher with strategies and techniques that yield successful writers.