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Checklist For Evaluating English Texts:

Genre:

___Fiction                     ___Fantasy                        ___Historical fiction

___Nonfiction               ___Biography                     ___Drama

___Myth                       ___Autobiography

___Poem                      ___Science fiction      

 Defining features:

___Setting (science fiction) ___Soliloquy and stage directions (drama)

___Conflict (narratives) ___Perspective (biographies and autobiographies)

___other __________________

Purpose for reading:

___to understand  ___interpret ___enjoy  ___solve problems ___predict outcomes

___answer a specific question ___form an opinion ___skim for facts  ___to discover models for own writing  ___other _______________

Plot development:–

___cause-and-effect relationships; use of subplots, parallel episodes, and climax

___exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution (denouement)

___other_____________________

Theme:

___inferred            ___directly stated

___bravery  ___loyalty  ___friendship ___good v. evil  ___historical  ___cultural ___social ___love ___death ___prejudice  ___guilt ___people vs. nature ___growing up

___other __________________ 

Character development:

___character traits and motivations

___stereotypes

___relationships between character and plot development

___development of characters through their words, speech patterns, thoughts, actions, 

       narrators’ description, and interaction with other characters motivations.

___other _________________________

Literary devices:

___foreshadowing___flashback___progressive and digressive time ___imagery ___symbolism  ___suspense ___dialogue ___irony ___rhyme ___voice ___alliteration___personification ___metaphors ___extended metaphor ___hyperbole ___sentence structure ___punctuation___connotations/nuances ___persuasive techniques ___style, word choice ___language structure  ___other __________________

Point of view               

___first and third person  ___third person  ___third person omniscient

___other _____________

Word origins and derivations must be used to understand word meaning (e.g., Latin and Greek roots and affixes, meanings of foreign words frequently used in the English language, historical influences on English word meanings)

___ yes  ___ no

Reading and comprehension strategies used:

___definition  ___restatement  ___example  ___comparison and contrast ___pauses

___rereads the text ___consults another source ___represents abstract information as mental pictures ___draws upon background knowledge ___asks for help ___other __________________

References:

http://www2.mcrel.org/compendium/reference.asp?item=benchmark&BenchmarkID=1206&subjectID=7


http://www.corestandards.org/

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