Lesson Plan

Being Mindful Of Sadness In "The Scarlet Ibis": Theme And Characterization

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James Hurst's short story "The Scarlet Ibis" provides readers with an opportunity to consider how they can support others who are experiencing distress. Participants learn self-care tips and connect to the short story's characters. They then craft a poster detailing what they learned in the lesson about mental health.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to collect and prepare the many materials required for the lesson
  • Post in a prominent place in the classroom mental health resources available on campus and in the community
  • Use the slideshow to guide the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection equipment for the slideshow and the video
  • A protocol must be in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion of the ideas in the lesson
  • Although designed for high school freshmen, the lesson is appropriate for all high schoolers
  • Materials are available in Spanish and English
  • Teacher's notes offer suggestions for how to enrich the lesson
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