High schoolers read five European folktales, focusing on strong female characters. They analyze what small acts of kindness contribute to both the giver and receiver and determine a path of personal giving through random acts of kindness.
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Feathers in the Wind: A Jewish American Story
Students examine cultural diversity. In this Jewish culture lesson plan, students explore the contemporary culture of Jews as the read folktales and more recent stories that embody the culture and compare it to their own.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
My Ántonia: Symbols
My Ántonia, by Willa Cather, features several symbols that add to the depth of the story. After finishing Book Two of the novel, readers analyze the snake and the crossroads from Book One, and the plough from Book Two, based on passages...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to Lord of the Rings
The Odyssey, Star Wars, The Hunger Games. Odysseus, Luke Skywalker, Katniss Everdeen. Add The Hobbit and Bilbo Baggins to these lists, and you have a unit examining classic and contemporary myths, legends, and folktales with hero and...
6th - 9th English Language Arts
A “New English” in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”: A Common Core Exemplar
To examine the “New English” Chinua Achebe uses in Things Fall Apart, readers complete a series of worksheets that ask them to examine similes, proverbs, and African folktales contained in the novel. Individuals explain the meaning...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Vampires: Folklore, Fantasy and Fact
Who would've thought that a video on vampire imagery could also be such a fantastic resource on cultural folklore, European history, and human anatomy? This video illustrates how the vampire image has evolved throughout history across...
7 mins 9th - 12th Science