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My Ántonia: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do the main characters of Willa Cather's My Ántonia develop and change throughout the course of the novel? Explore Jim Burden, Ántonia Shimerda, and Lena Lingard toward the end of the novel, comparing their goals and expectations in...
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My Ántonia: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the motivations and personalities of the main characters from Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Once kids have finished Book One of the novel, have them work in groups to analyze Ántonia Shimerda, Jim Burden, Mr. Shimerda, Lena Lingard,...
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My Ántonia: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding point of view is imperative when reading Willa Cather's My Ántonia. Divide your class into group and assign each group one discussion question about the points of view of various characters, as well as narrative and...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can a scene from a novel be different when represented on film? After creating a timeline from the plot of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, kids watch the first or last fifteen minutes of the film version, produced...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Study character development with a lesson from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. After listening to the audio guide from earlier in the unit, kids track Janie's development and changes throughout the novel, noting how...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Delve into the world of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston with an in-depth activity about character development. Have kids discuss plot points and character relationships with several discussion questions, and then...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can a novel have an omniscient narrator and still show character point of view? Explore text structure with a lesson about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Several discussion questions encourage kids to examine the way...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A 13-minute audio guide begins the second lesson of a unit on Zora Neale Hurtson's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Once they have listened to the guide and read Chapter 1 of the novel, kids discuss the story as an example of oral...
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The Joy Luck Club: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Map the most important events and turning points from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After a group discussion from the previous lesson plan's homework assignment, kids create a timeline to chart the important events from the novel with...
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The Joy Luck Club: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pair your readers into mother-daughter pairs with an activity from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Each person discusses his or her assigned character's motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and changes. They then examine how the adult...
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The Joy Luck Club: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young readers delve into The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan with a discussion and writing activity about characterization. After reading the first four chapters of the book, they discuss the various obstacles that the characters face, such as...
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The Joy Luck Club: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Discuss point of view when a novel has multiple narrators. Using the first section of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners analyze the characters of June Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair. They write about one...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Characters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce protagonists, antagonists, antiheros, and foils to your unit on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After reading the first 13 chapters from the book, learners discuss Grant's behavior and reactions to different events,...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Readers learn about sharecropping in the South in a unit about Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. Focusing on the period after Civil War Reconstruction but before the Civil Rights Movement, a set of handouts help to establish the...
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A Lesson Before Dying: The Plot Unfolds

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Track the plot of Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a class discussion and timeline. Readers examine the ways the story has developed for Jefferson and for Grant, as well as how their stories have come together. Next, they...
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Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 2

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Complex text can be a challenge for even good readers. Encourage your class members to develop the skills needed to tackle big reads with a series of activities based on a passage from "The Offshore Pirate." The second in a three-part...
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The Great Gatsby: Narrative and Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to Nick Carraway, readers of The Great Gatsby are simultaneously "within and without. . . enchanted and repelled" by his first person narration of the events in F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the American Dream/Nightmare. After...
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Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“So I’m going to have a copy of this play put in the cornerstone and the people a thousand years from now’ll know a few simple facts about us.” Our Town is used as the text in a Common Core exemplar that examines the dramatic and...
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The Meaning of America: Freedom and Individuality

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What are the strengths and weaknesses of American individualism and independence? Explore these principles through a close reading of Jack London's To Build a Fire, and engage in high-level discussion with your class by analyzing the...
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The Meaning of America: Enterprise and Commerce

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Using Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, invite your learners to consider the concept of virtue in a democratic society devoted to gain and self-interest. This stellar resource guides your class members through a close...
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Reading Literature - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce’s short story, is used to model how structural moves, the decisions an author makes about setting, point of view, time order, etc., can be examined to reveal an author’s purpose. Groups...
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Courage “In the Time of the Butterflies”: A Common Core Exemplar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The courage of Las Mariposas, the Mirabal sisters, is the focus of a series of activities designed to accompany a reading of In the Time of the Butterflies that ask readers to consider what it means to be courageous. Beautifully crafted...
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"Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her...