A point-form look at six key literary theories including historical/biographical, formalist ("new criticism"), feminist, archetypal/mythological ("Jungian"), Freudian, and Marxist. Also includes guiding questions for each theory to help students
This includes a fully-filled-out TPCASTT form that I designed for my students' learning of poems. All you have to do is buy my blank TPCASTT form, and you are set to teach this poem to your students! No need to be afraid of teaching poetry any more!
A simple worksheet that can apply to any grade level. The intent is to keep students actively involved in comparing a book and a movie, instead of goofing off during the movie. It will also provide them notes to reference back to for a report or
Included in this doc are 7 fantastic prompts for use with 1984--try them out as essays, in-class quickwrites, summative assessments, etc. Six are literary analysis-oriented; the other is a great exercise in reader response.
This lesson is based on Stephen King's short story "Survivor Type" from the book Skeleton Crew. The materials include both a PowerPoint presentation as well as a helpful instructional guide. Please note: First, download the Preview, which
This exercise is for use with undergraduate college students - generally non-English majors in Introduction to Lit. or Fiction. It provides a practice for them to test their comfort with literary theory in general before attempting to write a basic
A sheet with numerous definitions of plagiarism from various institutions for student and parent education. It is also a contract with student and parent regarding a common understanding of plagiarism and a commitment from both to avoid committing
These 2 poems by Christopher Marlowe ("The Passionate Shepherd to His Love") and Sir Walter Raleigh ("The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd") provide a classic example of parody and the step-by-step comparison helps students remember the elements of
An accurate analysis of this wonderful poem. 30 slides dealing with metrical form, rethorical devices and style. My students love Tennyson now! If you need to change anything please contact me, I will be glad to help you. Please rate
This PDF word search activity is used as an activity with the mystery lesson plan and was created for 7 & 8th graders, however can be used for high schoolers as well and gives them a sense of what mystery writing is in a two day course that will
Life lesson will get us every time. That’s what this young girl discovers as she embarks on the journey of life—through all its ups and downs. Follow a teenage girl, who is filled with dreams of hope and being happy forever. She dreams of having the
The Young Man and the Sea Reading Plan for literature classes and activity based interactive sessions.
Short, free response quiz covering basic characteristics and history of Kabuki theater. Covers key terms like "mie" and "hanamichi."
This is a power point presentation addressing the influences of modern artists on William Faulkner's novel A Light in August. In particular the presentation focuses on the similarities of cubism and the structure and themes in the novel.
Contains 50 multiple choice questions over Ishmael Beah's _A Long Way Gone_. Can be used as final summative assessment or broken into sections to be given as students complete those sections.
Packet contains 4 pages: page 1: Student Venn diagram page 2: Labels for student Venn diagram pages 3 &4: Labels for creating a large class Venn diagram on a poster board or butcher paper
Introduces Austen's Pride and Prejudice in a way that students can relate to, utilizing literature that they are likely more familiar with (specifically the work of J.K. Rowling). Dissects Austen's objective in writing the novel, explores
This is a brief powerpoint presentation (10 slides) to introduce fairy tales as a genre, suitable for middle school through lower division college level. I used it for a lower division college lit. class - added a few slides to introduce The
Ready-to-use quiz products for Twain's famous satirical novel, suitable for college level, and high school level with suggested adaptation. Quiz includes both an objective section and an open-book essay section.
These Crime and Punishment literary circle guides are designed for groups to analyze and present questions from the first five parts of Crime and Punishment. The questions are higher order thinking. My classes really like using them and are
A day by day, step-by-step unit plan for Holes, by Louis Sachar. Discussion of themes, character, and plot are included, along with interdisciplinary connections. Unit takes 16-17 days to complete.
Ready-to-Print quiz materials for use with H.G. Well's classic short novel The Time Machine - one section is "open book-open note" and the other is objective. SPEND YOUR TIME TEACHING INSTEAD OF CREATING TESTS!
This lesson is about excerpts from Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) and Alexander Eastman, two Native American authors writing around the turn of the 20th century. Zitkala-Sa embraced her Native spiritual beliefs while Eastman assimilated to
Close Analytical Read for Christmas-"Auntie Claus" This is a wonderful Christmas story with a great message "It is far better to give than to receive." This is a 4 day lesson plan with tier 2 & 3 vocabulary, text dependent questions &
This is a single prompt (copied several times for easy/multiple photocoping needs) that asks the reader to compare elements from Macbeth to that of Othello (particularly two characters motivation). Use this as an extension project for Macbeth, an
This six page test is designed for the honors / Advanced Placement student. It includes matching, true/false, multiple choice and, most importantly, a short answer section on symbols along with a short answer section on paradoxical events in the
REVISED Lesson Chapter questions for group discussion, jigsaw, etc. It details the life of Tomi, a Japanese-American boy, and his family during World War II, when Americans of Japanese descent were being sent to internment camps. Tomi lives in
6 different Sherlock Inventory Labels. These can easily be used as bookmarks. These are a great extra touch for any lessons on Sherlock Holmes What you actually get: ° 6 high quality (300 dpi) label images on one 8.5" x 11" sheet for easy
This tool is useful for artists of any genre. I created it for visual art students at the university level, but I use it in my creative writing and literature courses. Art students often consider whether suffering is a necessary part of the
This study is a brief introduction to the oral nature of the literatures from Cape Verde and SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe. Though different in outcomes-because of their shared (pre)-history, both African and both European in nature-the literary
A must buy and inclusion as Christmas cookies of the mind for children. It is also good for reading to and by children on Boxing Day, thanks giving day and family day. In case you get caught up in snow in this big winter freeze while driving with
This quiz is suitable for high school or lower-division college, and includes objective items and essay. Includes items about the Beowulf text itself, and also about Old English and Germanic tribal culture.
This student handout (task analysis) explains the process for turning research into a mythological figure into a ballad. This eliminates the temptation to plagiarize, and makes a mundane research assignment creative. This can be adapted to
This Supplement Edition: Sappho, The Poems (ISBN 0-978-942208-40-5) is meant to coordinate with the classbook Sappho: The Poems (see below) to the book . The teacher's book has a number of short critical comments, organized around questions, such
This is not a step-by-step lesson plan. Instead, it is a list of major themes, notes and ideas that pertain to the novel, including corresponding page numbers. It also contains links to reviews on the novel, opening statements for the unit, and
Levi, Joseph Abraham. "Mia Couto," in Dictionary of Literary Biography. African Literature. T. Ojaide, ed. Bruccoli Clark Layman. Detroit: Gale Thomson, 2011. 69-76.
This is a twenty frame power point on The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald.It is a great resource that looks at the elements of this novel. It includes information, pictures and assignments. It would be great to use to introduce the novel or as a
This Spanish-language document will serve to guide your students through a reading of Mario Benedetti's novel Primavera con una esquina rota. It includes comprehension and analysis questions, topics for students to prepare for discussion, and
This bilingual book, with color art by Alvaro Suman, tells key stories in the culture of Mexico, from creation of people to Quetzalcoatl, La Llorona, to the Revolution. The stories provide the heart of the culture that became Mexico, told by the
Ghalib was a 19th-century Indian court poet, from a family of mercenaries with an ancestry from the Seljuk Turks. Orphaned young, he made his way by witty and pointed poetry in Urdu and Persian. After the Sepoy Mutiny was put down by the British, he
While in prison after one of his protests against British rule, Gandhi wrote a brief version in English of the holiest book in Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita, and he appended to each chapter his personal understanding of the ethical questions posed
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, for his translation, gathered poetry of the young upstarts in Italy who were creating the first vulgar language literature, in Italian. Dante himself considered ProvenÃ§al (the language of the troubadours) but chose Italian,
This lesson is about understanding how imagery, structure, tone, and word choice are all interconnected with theme in poems. It uses the "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo as a basis for compare and contrast with the poem "There Was a Child Went Forth" by
Use this compare/contrast organizer to explore the analogous as well as non-analogous characteristics of the two concepts related to a given topic.