For my AP Language and Composition Friends: SOAPSTONE Organizer

I’m spending this week trying to learn more about AP tests (at a conference organized by KIPP, thanks!), and in the AP Language and Composition section, we had a fascinating discussion about the use of SOAPSTONE, an acronym for a type of textual analysis. Some people liked the template we were given, some didn’t. I decided to design my own. Regular readers of this blog will notice that it bears some resemblance to the QIEE Organizer (Question-Inference-Evidence & Explanation), a close reading tool which I have blogged about here.

Here is my version: SOAPSTONE Organizer 7-5-16.*  I am open to suggestions for how to improve it or complement it. Please feel free to comment!


Questions Evidence and Explanation

·       What does s/he value, and how can you tell?

·       What can you infer about the speaker?



·       What situation/event caused this text to be written?



·       To whom is the author writing, and how can you tell?

·       What can you infer about the audience’s values/beliefs?



·       What is the author’s goal/reason for writing? Be specific.

·       What is his/her argument?


·       What is the topic of this text?


·       What is the author’s attitude toward the subject, and how can you tell?

·       How do the diction and imagery point to tone?


*This file can also be found on the TLC Website “Analyzing Literature” page.

PS: I also want to send a shout-out to my friends at Great Oaks for inviting me to this useful professional development opportunity!


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