I recently attended a two-day workshop at the San Antonio Marriott. It was awesome: knowledgeable presenters and nice accommodations. While there, I picked up this little acronym from AP Consultant Judith Nevil to help students with introductions. HATMAT.
M-MAIN IDEA OR CHARACTER
A-ATTITUDE (author's attitude about his subject)
I tried it this week with good results.
I teach AP English Literature and dual-credit English at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, Texas.