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The Concept of Identity Lesson 3: The Archetypal Approach to Literary Criticism
As class members continue their study of approaches to literary criticism, readers examine the symbolism and archetypal patterns in John Knowles' A Separate Peace, and how these parallels are used to develop a theme in the story.
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Vantage Points - Multiple Perspectives: Task 1 Day 3
The class considers parent-child relationships in relation to how they have been portrayed in classical and modern mediums. They view video clips and read excerpts from fairy tales and news paper articles to explore the evil-step parent...
8th CCSS: Designed
The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 5: The Tragic Hero
Should identifying a tragic hero be based on a universal definition or a definition based on the morals and values of a specific culture? As part of a study of Things Fall Apart, class members read Sylvia Plath's "Colossus" and then...
10th - 11th CCSS: Designed
The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 2: Key Themes - The Second Coming
How does the cultural context of Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, connect to the context of William Bulter Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming" from which Achebe drew his title? Class members use the Syncon (synergistic convergence)...
10th - 11th CCSS: Designed
Exploring Themes in Literature: The Oral Tradition
Are you are considering a unit on Beowulf or Superman, on myths, or tricksters? Here's a great overview you can use to launch a study of universal themes and archetypes. The focus here is on the oral tradition, but the concepts apply to...
7th - 12th
Recognize Common Character Traits (Archetypes)
Take basic character analysis one step further by comparing characters from different stories and discussing archetypes. The video shows the thought process that goes along with this type of character comparison. By watching, pupils will...
4 mins 7th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Learning Literary Elements through African and African American Folktales
Eighth graders explore the role of plot structure and archetypes in literature. In this literary elements lesson, 8th graders read several African-American folk tales and identify the plot structure and archetypes in each of them....
Introduction to the Monomyth, an Initiation Theme
Pupils analyze the archetypal hero called the monomyth. In this archetypes lesson, students discuss the topic and view a chart of hero figures with related details. Pupils analyze the monomyth process diagram, read the story of the...
11th - Higher Ed
Seven Directions: Making Connections Between Literature and American Indian History
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of...
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed