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Reading Literature - Romeo and Juliet
“What is the theme of this story?” Now there’s a question all pupils dread. Rather than encountering a sea of faces that look like they were painted by Edward Munch, face a classroom filled with smiles and confidence. Show your readers how to determine the theme of a work.
11th - 12th All 20 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Exploring Thematic Motifs in The House on Mango Street
Explore identity and community through an expository essay based on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This two-week unit on writing an essay provides a brief description of each day and all of the worksheets and materials you need to support learners and they move step-by-step through the writing process.
8th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
There is nothing more frustrating than discussing theme in literature, and now the Common Core requires that your learners determine two or more, and discuss the development of it throughout the text. This is crazy, but manageable with the information and structure in this resource that will transform your students' definition of theme from a moral of a story into an exploration of universal experiences in literature.
11th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Designed
"Your Son, Your Only One" - The Sacrifice of Isaac as a Motif in Holocaust Poetry
Class groups examine a series of poems that use Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as a motif in Holocaust poetry. Included are questions, notes to the teacher, and bibliographical information on each poem. The activities could be used as part of a study of the Holocaust or as part of a discussion of universal values.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
Themes and Motifs in Macbeth Act Five
How do themes and motifs build and develop through Act Five of Macbeth? With this two-page learning exercise, readers record quotations that represent themes like ambition, conscience, and manhood. In addition, they speak to symbols like blood, clothing, and darkness.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Close Reading in the Classroom
Close reading is key to the analysis and interpretation of literature. A close reading of the title and the epigraph of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” offers readers an opportunity to examine how even single words or names can contribute to the development of a motif or theme.
11th - 12th Language Arts 95 Views 119 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Literature - The Ruin
Cross-comparison, the technique of focusing on two different texts with the same themes, motifs, events, etc., is employed in an exercise that asks groups to examine two different translations of “The Ruin,” a poem, written in Old English, included in the Exeter Book of Anglo-Saxon poetry.
11th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Literary Terms Quiz
Use this literary terms quiz as either a pre-test or summative assessment! Twenty-six questions test your middle and high schooler's knowledge of different literary terms like protagonist, allusion, irony, metaphor, and motif. It's a great quick assessment!
7th - 10th Language Arts 62 Views 353 Downloads
Holocaust Studies: Five Poems by Dan Pagis
Teaching a unit on the Holocaust? Consider using the personal statements of Dan Pagis’s poetry to contrast with the more “distanced” historical accounts found in textbooks. Five poems, discussion questions, and background notes are included in the richly detailed plan.
11th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 8 Downloads
Traditional Literature: Myth, Legend, Fable, Folktale
Review the values of traditional literature. Each slide traces the history of oral storytelling, prominent literary figures, and explores the values of teaching through traditional literature. The presentation could be used as a teacher resource, or as a unit introduction.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads
The Crucible Jeopardy
Review the characters, motifs, motives, vocabulary and events in Arthur Miller's The Crucible with a student-produced Jeopardy game. Consider using the presentation as a model for class members to critique before asking them to produce their own versions of this classic TV game show.
7th - 12th Language Arts 24 Views 41 Downloads
The Women Warrior
An appealing and informative PowerPoint that informs readers of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts of the available themes, motifs, and symbols present in the novel. Included is an adaptable essay assignment where the readers are assigned one theme, motif, and symbol to track throughout the novel.
9th - 11th Language Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Significant Moments:Themes in Night
Readers of Night record significant passages that illustrate themes and motif in Elie Wiesel’s tale. In addition, they explain why they feel the passage is significant and indicate the theme or motif being developed. A great way to encourage close reading and foster discussion.
10th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Standards Focus: Motif, The Scarlet Letter Literature Guide
In this The Scarlet Letter motif worksheets, students read a 1 paragraph informative selection regarding motif before they complete a graphic organizer regarding motifs and their use in the Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 31 Downloads
The Final Word
Although this instructional activity is based on “Final Word,” Craig Wilson’s USA Today column, the strategies could be adapted to any local columnist. After reading three articles independently, groups share observations about content and style used by the author and then each member crafts an article in the author’s style.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Themes and Motifs in Macbeth Act Two
How do different themes and motifs develop in Shakespeare's Macbeth? As your class begins reading Act Two, have them use the provided document to track themes such as ambition, conscience, and reality (among others). On the second page, they focus on motifs and symbols.
11th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Sarabande and Gigue form Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828
Challenge your music students with this worksheet, which includes twenty-one questions about J.S. Bach's Sarabande and Gigue form Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828. Students compare the two sections (bars 1-12, bars 13-38) by answering questions about the introduction, motifs, and rhythmic repetition.
12th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 25 Downloads