Below I’ll post two visuals I made to portray some very key but very tough-to-grasp literature skills: critical thinking with texts and making connections.

The first image shows a curious stick person fall “into” a text as he deepens his understanding with each new level of critical thinking, moving from familiarizing to analysis to independent, critical thought. ( I made this for my summer school freshman group as I asked them to analyze a chapter from our novel at each level.)


The second puts into picture the oft-cited connections between a text, oneself, and the world around us. (I made this today for my new twelfth graders who didn’t have a clue how to respond to the question “What are some ways that we can make connections to literature?”)


 Enjoy, and remember to take care of your visual learners!