The Metamorphosis: List-Group-Label Strategy

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis is one of the most prominent and influential books to come out of the existential movement. Host a group discussion in which learners list different characteristics of existent art, group these tenets, and then provide a label for their groupings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members research other examples of existential literature
  • Create a graphic organizer for learners to record examples that represent existential thought
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity is based on a prior lesson about existentialism
  • Consider pairing the activity with a social studies unit or flipped classroom lesson where class members watch a lecture on existentialism out of class 
Pros

  • A good opportunity to create a cross-curricular activity
  • Encourages critical thinking and group work
Cons

  • The activity presumes that class members have prior knowledge of existential thought