Reading with a Cultural Criticism Lens

This Reading with a Cultural Criticism Lens activity & project also includes:

Life is full of ups and downs. Scholars read George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant," which describes a meaningful event from the author's own life. Then, after answering text questions and participating in a Socratic discussion, pupils write personal narratives about significant life events. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Find and share additional examples of narrative essays with students 
  • Invite learners to illustrate the event depicted in their personal essays 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires three different-colored highlighters

  • Incorporates several learning strategies, including think-pair-share, diffusing, and questioning the text
  • Provides options for lesson differentiation 

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