My students LOVE this unit! You will see the movie, The Wizard of Oz in a whole new light.
A vast majority of fiction stories and movies are considered “Hero’s Journey” stories. These stories and movies follow a specific pattern that includes six stages. My method includes teaching students about the stages of a hero’s journey, using The Wizard of Oz as a reference. Once the students understand the attributes of a journey story, they will be able to identify the stages of a journey in other fiction novels and movies.
Along with the stages of a journey, students will also discuss the many symbolic features found in The Wizard of Oz (i.e. the “yellow” brick road, “ruby” slippers, the “emerald” city, killing the witch with “water,” etc.). They will learn how to recognize symbolic words and identify the author’s purpose for their use in the story.
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