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Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Explore creative interpretations of literature! Groups work cooperatively to create a dramatic presentation of one of Edgar Allan Poe's poems or short stories. Using the actual text, they incorporate figurative language, dialogue, phrases, lyrics, and/or choreography into a dramatic presentation. Turn your room into a theater!
Close the unit on Esperanza Rising with an in-class analytic essay on how Esperanza changes over the course of the novel. Writers can use any of their notes and work from the unit as well as their drafts of the first two paragraphs of the essay to aid them in composing the final product. They will write one completely new paragraph that targets their ability to compare and contrast. After writing, pupils complete a brief self-assessment. A fitting final product of this strong Common Core designed series of lessons.
Need a musical lesson for your drama or performing arts class? VH1 has put together a really neat lesson, in which learners use biographical information about Alicia Keys to write and perform a one-act musical related to her life. This lesson is well-developed, organized, and includes resource links.
Eighth graders enter into the world of poetry by studying the works of Shakespeare, Carroll, and Dr. Seuss. They translate poetry, identify elements of poetry, and try to make relevant the lessons of poetry into their own lives. This exciting and inventive lesson includes elements of music, theater, and original writing. Excellent!
Students compare and contrast puppet theater traditions. In this cultural traditions instructional activity, students watch film clips of bunraku puppet theater in Japan and then research the art of puppet theater in the world. Students share their findings with their classmates by completing 1 of the 5 listed follow-up activities.
Twelfth graders analyze the elements of fiction and use literary analysis vocabulary to evaluate fiction works. In this fiction analysis instructional activity, 12th graders define elements of fiction and complete a diagram for the elements.Students keep a dialectical journal for the instructional activity. Students present an analysis, and write a letter to their teacher reflecting on the assignment.
If you are teaching Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, you can't afford to miss this source. An extensive list of ideas outlines numerous discussion topics, writing prompts, comprehension questions, oral presentations, and projects. Have class members research some element of Greek tragedy and then give a panel presentation about this element, write about the similarities between Jesus and Prometheus, or just answer close reading questions on a provided handout. So many choices!
“It seemed with so much protocol, I would never get to draw the brilliant and lush and wild world brimming over inside me.” Encourage your class members to recreate the “brilliant and lush” world of the Garcia sisters with a poster-making activity. Pairs choose to create a poster that depicts the life of one of the Garcia girls or design a movie poster that could be used at theaters to entice viewers to see the film. A great way for readers to demonstrate their understanding of the themes in Julia Alvarez’s novel. A poster checklist and grading rubric are included.
The painting The Torn Hat by Thomas Sully will invite learners to analyze the face of a child from long, long ago. They'll use the provided background information and guiding questions to discuss the elements of art found in the image. You can then engage them in active learning through art with any of the eight suggested activities.