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Teaching a Literary Essay Unit of Study

Karla Reilly

December 4th
at IPS Center for Inquiry #70


4:30 pm-6:30 pm



The “literary essay,” as the term is used in most academic settings (also sometimes called a literary analysis essay), is an analytical or interpretive response to literature, making it an important genre study for grades 3-8. Writing about reading also helps prepare students for standardized tests.

A literary essay study supports students with practice identifying and thinking about big ideas in the texts they read, and citing evidence from the text to back up claims. In this workshop, teachers will:

– Increase their understanding of the literary essay genre
– Walk through the framework of a complete literary essay unit
– Get student writing samples to support meaningful study
– Discover important teaching points for mini-lessons and conferences

Join Karla Reilly, one of the Partnership’s most experienced workshop coaches, and get ready to launch your Literary Essay unit after winter break. Karla has over three decades of experience teaching grades 3-6 in Indianapolis Public Schools and facilitating professional development. She’s been a member of the Partnership’s leadership group since the program’s inception, working and learning alongside the nation’s most acclaimed literary education scholars.

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