I taught high school English for 37 years, and saw evidence every day for the conclusions of Professor Stephen Krashen, a UCLA researcher. He concludes that teaching skills is just testing skills. Kids develop advanced reading skills through wide, self-selected reading.
My avid readers could analyze anything I asked them to. No matter how many dog and pony shows I dragged my mediocre readers through, they didn't gain skills that spilled over to their other reading.
Dragging this next generation of students through teacher-selected "good" books is just going to turn off another whole generation to reading. Reading scores will stay stagnant.
If we want to develop a country of students with sophisticated reading skills, we need to help students acquire a love and habit of reading. There isn't any shortcut. Mr. Chiger may win a few battles by teaching students how to pick apart a selected work, but he will most assuredly lose the war.