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Film Critique: The Story and the Techniques
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this instructional activity uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any...
How Does the Author Convey Themes in Bud, Not Buddy?
6th CCSS: Designed
After reading up to chapter 12 of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, scholars read chapter 13 and take part in a grand conversation about the author's writing techniques. Pupils discuss how his writing conveyed literary themes...
Varied Beginnings: Research Process / Narrative Writing Techniques
5th - 8th
What's the best way to start a story? Learners write a memoir using effective openings. They research the process and work through a list of hooks to use in their writing. They use at least two hooks to begin their personal memoir. A...
Literary Technique and Reading Experience in Faulkner
Students research critical articles on language and Faulkner. In this Faulkner language lesson, students Students research Faulkner's literary style and use of literary techniques to gain a greater understanding of his works. Students...
American Literary Humor: Mark Twain, George Harris, and Nathaniel Hawthorne
9th - 12th
Nathaniel Hawthorne as a humorist? Really? The three lessons in this series focus on the the storytelling style, conventions, and literary techniques employed by Hawthorne, George Washington Harris, and Mark Twain.
The Study of Theme and Figurative Language in Poetry and/or Prose
7th - 9th
Identify and analyze the use of figurative language used in select pieces of writing. These pieces of literature will represent at least two pieces by one writer and at least two pieces by different writers. This lesson would be a great...
Smart Solutions: Challenge Activities (Theme 6)
3rd CCSS: Adaptable
Smart Solutions is the theme of unit comprised of activities designed to challenge minds and stretch writing muscles. Enthusiastic writers create their own comic strip, write a problem-solution essay, an opinion letter, a funny story, a...
Creating Civic Awareness Through Artistic and Literary Forms
7th - 8th
Interpret current events using editorial cartoons and other print media. Middle schoolers explore the meanings of literary and artistic terms such as satire, irony, and caricature. They visit internet sites to develop an understanding of...
The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 2: Key Themes - The Second Coming
10th - 11th CCSS: Designed
How does the cultural context of Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, connect to the context of William Bulter Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming" from which Achebe drew his title? Class members use the Syncon (synergistic convergence)...
Setting the Story: Techniques for Creating a Realistic Setting
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
“It was a dark and stormy night.” Thus begins the 1830's novel Paul Clifford and, of course, all of Snoopy’s novels! Encourage young writers to craft settings for their stories that go beyond Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s often-mocked phrase...