Guidelines help students analyze literature

screencapture from top of Guidelines for Reading and Analyzing LiteratureA useful literature resource  is Guidelines for Reading and Analyzing Literature compiled by Dr. Tina L. Hanlon, associate professor of English at Ferrum College in Virginia.

Hanlon breaks the process down into five steps, which she presents on a single web page:

  • First Impression
  • Types of Literature
  • Literary Techniques
  • Themes
  • Evaluation and Review

Hanlon uses lists and bullets to guide someone unfamiliar with literary analysis through the process.

The resource is appropriate for:

  • AP English Literature and Composition classes
  • IB programs
  • Concurrent enrollment (high school + college credit)  programs
  • College students