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Read various texts to compare the themes across each text. Learners write a journal entry describing the most beautiful scenery they've seen and use a map of the United States to locate the Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods. They then read "Saving the Redwoods" and complete written responses for the text comparing it to the poem "Stars."
Learners read two stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay comparing plots and themes. In this Nathaniel Hawthorne short stories lesson, students read "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister's Black Veil." After a class discussion on theme, learners take notes and write an essay to compare the plots and the themes of the two stories.
As I Lay Dying is a beautiful book and a wonderful vehicle for understanding, interpreting, and comparing themes. The class reads and analyzes the novel, discusses possible interpretations, and characterizations. They compare the themes of hope and loss found in the book to how the themes were conveyed in Faulkner's Nobel Prize speech.
Henry David Thoreau and Linda Ronstadt? Ann Tyler and Pete Townshend? Joyce Carol Oates and Pearl Jam? This richly detailed plan pairs classic literature with contemporary music and asks learners to analyze how the theme of conformity is developed in different mediums. Suggest parings and discussion questions are included.
Groups of learners investigate the persuasive genre of writing as they research and present on an issue. They research the Internet (possible websites are included) for a topic and locate information to present to the opposing team. In teams, they present their debate and look for connections to the novel A Raisin in the Sun.
Your class compares groups of small stars by counting quantities in each of two sets and deciding which has more. They write symbols for greater than, less than, or equal to in a circle between each pair of sets. Two completed samples are followed by 8 exercises. For practice after instruction on use of the appropriate symbols.