When asking students to dig into text, particularly around author's craft and structure, it is important to provide lots of support and examples. Question stems such as, why do you think the author chose to write using the pronoun "we" instead of "I, you, they, etc?;" what effect does this structural decision have on you as the reader?; what message does the author want to get across through this intentional selection of words? all support students as they consider that author's are very intentional about the words they chose in an effort to convey certain meaning, messages, etc. When students look at choices made over the course of a text, they begin to draw conclusions around the tone, mood, theme, etc of that text and certainly gain a better understanding of how to approach analysis of complex material.
Take some time to enjoy this interview and consider how this kind of discussion could make it into your student's conversations around text, point of view and craft and structure.