Textual and Contextual Analysis: Much More than Just "What's Different" What's the Same?"
Students consider not only the texts when analyzing an adaptation and its source text, but also the context within which each was created. Completing this more comprehensive analysis is important to understanding the complexity of adaptations.
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"Too Much Pressure" by Colleen Wenke
Have you ever cheated on a test? What about copied someone else's homework? After reading Colleen Wenke's essay "Too Much Pressure," class members use the provided reading comprehension questions to focus their analysis of important...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Gain greater insight into poems using a poetry analysis learning exercise. Here, scholars follow steps and answer questions to dissect any poem. Topics include the poem's meaning, theme, technique, and structure, as well as personal...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Citing Textual Evidence
By using explicit textual evidence, individuals can strongly support their ideas and opinions. The presentation suggests in order to use explicit textual evidence, one must state their idea, cite evidence in the text that led to the...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Metamorphosis: Concept/Vocabulary Analysis
Historically, Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis has been difficult for many readers to grasp. From the difficult translation issues to the complex plot and themes, the novel's message and story can be lost when learners can't get their...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Citing Textual Evidence
Your learners have access to many sources of information in this day and age, but they still need to know how to cite evidence correctly. Guide them through a lesson that provides sentence frames for citing textual evidence, as well as...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum
Henry David Thoreau and Linda Ronstadt? Ann Tyler and Pete Townshend? Joyce Carol Oates and Pearl Jam? This richly detailed plan pairs classic literature with contemporary music and asks learners to analyze how the theme of conformity is...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Cotton Mills from Differing Perspectives: Critically Analyzing Primary Documents
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
News and News Analysis: Navigating Fact and Opinion in the Times
Help your class understand the difference between fact and opinion by exploring the New York Times homepage and articles. In pairs or small groups, pupils complete a scavenger hunt, answering the provided questions. Next, discuss the...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed