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Middle and high schoolers analyze The Apprentice's Masterpiece. Various proven pre, during, and post-teaching strategies are utilized to connect medieval history to our modern-day understanding of the persecution of minorities. Character analysis is also a key component of this extended lesson.
Fifth graders review and summarize the elements of fiction within and across texts. They examine how the evidence found in a text can be cited to support key information and to support conclusions made within and across texts. A very well-thought-out instructional activity.
Fourth graders contemplate literary character stereotypes after reading the biography of a black cowboy. In this multicultural literacy lesson, 4th graders listen to the book Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, then complete a graphic organizer with four writing prompts.
Readers explore characters through qualities of light and dark in Ursula K. Le Guin's books A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan. They connect the concepts to their own personalities with questions on a beautiful reproducible. In another handout, the visual art technique chiaroscuro, use of light and dark to reveal character, is examined, and exemplified in literature with an excerpt from Atuan.
Students analyze characters from literature to identify traits that facilitate success. In this literature study instructional activity, students create webs of characters from various novels and the traits they possess that help them achieve success. They are to provide evidence from the story as well.
Students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast The Three Little Pigs and other fairytales. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students read two books aloud discussing the setting, point of view, climax and resolution. In small groups students then fill out the Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the two tales.
The documentary film, Tia and Marco, is used to stimulate a conversation about illegal immigration, stereotyping, and prejudice. The point of view of the film and the exercises is that empathy is the key to combating discrimination. Included in the packet are a viewing guide, an evaluation form, and links to all necessary materials.
Why do people commit crimes? Middle schoolers investigate characters' motives for committing a crime in a character analysis lesson. First, they read the book Chasing Vermeer and identify the suspects. They then record the details about the characters on the included character chart. Use this activity for any book or story in the mystery genre.
Tenth graders read and study, in-depth, a specific classical tragedy, in this case, Oedipus. They explore strategies from making meaning out of or interpreting texts, as well as strategies for determining how authors create meaning in texts. Students examine the connections between diction imagery structure and theme or underlying meaning. They compare and contrast dramatic literature and other genres.
Students write plays on human interactions. In this literature lesson, students complete extension activities following the reading of The Diary of Anne Frank. Students go on-line to research more about Anne and work in groups to complete character webs. They will use these webs to write a short play about group dynamics for those living close proximity. They will perform these plays and complete a reflection activity as a class.
Sixth graders read three novels to practice their reading and comprehension skills. Using each novel, they create a list of the characteristics of each culture represented. In groups, they also identify the setting, characters and plot of the stories as well. To end the lesson, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
High schoolers complete literature analysis activities for Beowulf. They read lines from the poem and complete character analysis activities. In addition, they write and share a boast modeled on the text and then create heroes and monsters. They finish by writing a monologue for their versions and complete an analysis of the epic hero within the text.
Students examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting style of the different actors. To end the lesson, they identify the stereotypes used in films to represent African Americans.