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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 by Oprah Winfrey. They address the changes in the adaptation, and why those changes were made by the screenwriter. Before they finish the last few chapters of the book for homework, have your class write their own conclusion and come up with an alternate title for the novel.
After completing The Call of the Wild, have your learners go over the plot. In small groups, pupils map the plot, making sure to include the important events listed on this page. Following this activity, individuals write about foreshadowing in the novel, taking note of specific textual evidence to support their ideas.
Read the included story Prometheus, and distribute the plot sheet (also included). It's an important skill to be able to understand the sequence of events while analyzing the text. Consider adding to this lesson by creating a class timeline of the story. 
The novel A Wizard of Earthsea follows Ged as he visits many places in the archipelago where the story is set. Examine the lessons he learns through his travels by compiling and discussing a list of lessons learned. Relate this discussion to the plot and then examine plot through another lens: the role of women. Class members construct a response to the provided prompt about how women contribute to the plot.
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet.  Although designed for gifted learners, the activities would be great for the whole classroom, independent work, or homeschool settings. You need not be the walrus to enjoy these exercises in this magical musical tour.
“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 examine the three parts of the story and collect evidence to show how the point of view, tone, and mood change in each part. They then posit theories about why the author may have made these choices and share their ideas with the whole class.
"You're bound to get idears if you go thinkin' about stuff." Readers are asked to think about what they see as the important turning points in The Grapes of Wrath. Groups are then asked to think about what scenes could be eliminated if they were to produce a movie of this massive novel.
Drop everything and check out this amazing resource! It includes everything a teacher would need to teach a child how to summarize text and compose written summaries. It begins with goals and vocabulary and then provides page after page of research-based and evidence-based strategies that are proven to effectivly teach comprehension through summarization, sequencing, plot events, key details, and main ideas. Also included are graphic organizers, story maps, and worksheets that can be printed and used in conjunction with each outlined teaching strategy. Fantastic!
Covering author's craft, literary devices, and figurative language, a 20-page resource on Barbara Park's The Kid in the Red Jacket is a great way to help your learners understand all elements of the book. Designed for an individual summer reading activity for incoming fourth graders, the resource could be useful for a class book report or group reading project.
The focus in this activity is on how carefully the plot of The Great Gatsby is structured. Learners identify what they see as the major turning points in the novel and the events that lead up to these points. Groups chart these events on a timeline and identify the major sections of the story.
What really knocks me out about this project list is that when you're done reading about the projects, you wish you could do them all. I'm not kidding. There are 16 terrific ideas and that doesn't happen very often.
Why does Tim O'Brien arrange his stories as he does? Why mention the death of several of the soldiers before detailing the events? Readers are asked to consider whether the arrangement of the stories contributes to O'Brien's presentation of truth as shifting and nebulous or detracts from it.
After identifying the most significant events in the To Kill A Mockingbird, readers create a plot map the reveals how Harper Lee orders events to create dramatic tension in her novel. To conclude the lesson, individuals either outline a sequel to the novel or rewrite the ending of novel as if Tom Robinson was acquitted.
The focus in session eight of a 10-instructional activity unit study of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima is on plot, specifically on how Narciso's death, the brothers leaving with Andrew, and Antonio's first Communion build tension, both for Antonio and for the reader.
Bring parents into your study of The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Each of the five activities included here incorporates parent input and participation. The activities focus on setting, characterization, and vocabulary. Graphic organizers and other related materials are included in the packet, as are instructions and rationale for each activity.
Excerpts from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass provide learners with an opportunity to study the genre of slave narratives.Class members look for common elements and theorize about why certain elements are included. While all the recommended selections have been previewed for appropriateness, a note is included about preparing readers for difficult themes if they are going to continue their research.  
A presentation that covers everything from alliteration to trochee, use this resource as a reference or a starting point for teaching various literary terms and devices. The terms are organized in alphabetical order, making it easy to find just the one you are looking for. Showing the whole PowerPoint at once will most likely be overwhelming for your middle schoolers, so consider picking and choosing terms to show in thematic chunks.
Is your class in the mood for the imperfect subjunctive? They will be if they understand when to use it. Pupils can read, or you can take lesson inspiration from, the the provided information. Learners will find out all about using the imperfect subjunctive in noun clauses, adjective clauses, adverbial clauses, hypothetical situations, and more. You can present the material using the slide show included on the third tab, which includes a quick translation exercise.
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore. They write, collaborate, revise, and submit their creation to the instructor. Modification can be made to have your students create a visual representation of their theme or, instead of a written assessment, the class can present their findings through a poetry slam.  
Discuss disability awareness and acceptance of people who are different with this resource. After reading the story, Can You Feel the Thunder? by Lynn E. McElfresh, learners talk about metaphors, answer cause and effect questions, and summarize the story.

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