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9 Yardsticks of Value
Published on Nov 19, 2015
9 points for students to use when analyzing the quality of literary works.
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9 YARDSTICKS OF VALUE
A LITERARY ANALYSIS TOOLBOX
YARDSTICKS? IN ENGLISH CLASS?
The 9 yardsticks are used to evaluate the quality of literature
Have you ever wondered why you like one book, but dislike another?
Using this method, you'll be able to put those thoughts into words
WHAT IS CLARITY?
How well the story can be understood
Does the author use language that is easy to follow?
Remember, a book can be complex, but still clear
Stuck in Customs
WHAT IS ESCAPE?
Does the author immerse you in his/her world?
Do you get caught up in the story?
Is it exciting, fast-paced, and/or humorous?
REFLECTION OF REALITY
WHAT IS REFLECTION?
Is it honest about human nature?
Does the story have believable outcomes?
Is there an understandable change in the characters?
Is the dialogue realistic?
Are the characters complex and believable?
ARTISTRY IN DETAILS
WHAT IS ARTISTRY?
Do you appreciate the way the book is written?
Does the author use vivid and beautiful language?
Is the author's style interesting and captivating?
WHAT IS CONSISTENCY?
Do the separate parts of the story contribute to the whole?
Does the author play by the rules that he/she creates?
Do the characters act in a way that fits with the world of the story?
WHAT IS TONE?
Can you get a sense of the author's personality?
Mood=emotion experienced by the reader
Tone=attitude/emotion expressed by the writer
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL IMPACT?
Have you made a connection with character?
Can you relate to the story overall?
Did the story stick with you after you have finished?
WHAT ARE PERSONAL BELIEFS?
Does the book connect with your personal beliefs about...
WHAT IS INSIGHT?
Does the story provide a unique perspective?
Did you learn something about the world around you?
Does the story explore rich thematic material?
Anna J. Small Roseboro
From Walter Blain & John Gerber
In Literature (1959)