The Monkey King as a Quest Story
Students examine The Monkey King as a quest story. In this literature instructional activity, students compare and contrast Monkey King characters and themes with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
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Harry's Hurried Childhood: Advanced Lesson Plan
When we write a story with a message or specific purpose, we are writing something like a fable. Kids examine a wonderful tale about a boy whose wishes come true. They use their critical analysis skills to understand how the author...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Our “Civilized” Society
The Scarlet Letter is the anchor text in a four-week unit that examines Hawthorne's novel through the lens of the intolerances found in a supposed civilized society. In addition to their reading, class members watch clips from TV shows,...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Analyzing Social Commentary in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continues to be one of the most frequently banned books. The satire and social commentary present challenges when using the book as a core text. Direct readers' attention to how Twain uses plot,...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Understanding the Theoretical Basis for Civil Disobedience
Young scholars analyze Henry David Thoreau's 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience' and Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." In this civil disobedience instructional activity, students read Thoreau's essay and answer 6...
12th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Tracing the Idea of Civil Disobedience through Thoreau, Gandhi, and King
Students analyze civil disobedience through history studying Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. King. In this civil disobedience lesson, students read and analyze excerpts from Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. Students demonstrate their...
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Melville Stories Study Questions and Essay Topics
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Herman Melville's short stories in Melville Stories. Students may check some of their answers online.
9th - Higher Ed English Language Arts