AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence

AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
AP Literature Short Story Resource: "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
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This resource is aligned with the Short Fiction I Unit of the new AP Literature and Composition curriculum framework. This story and the resources provided provide a delightful way to build students' literary analysis, discussion, and writing skills.

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence is a haunting and magical tale of the price of ambition. Through this resource, students will analyze the development of characters, the impact of setting, and the power of perspective. This is an excellent resource for the start of the school year with your AP Literature students.

This 30-page resource includes:

  • An engaging, differentiated entry point activity to help engage students in the key themes and ideas of the text.
  • A full copy of the text
  • A teaching guide for reciprocal teaching that will guide you through the steps of scaffolding independent student analysis
  • A reciprocal teaching graphic organizer, a discussion rubric, and discussion protocol
  • Suggested discussion questions
  • Analysis paragraph activity meant to scaffold students' ability to make claims, smoothly embed quotes, and provide analytical commentary

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Alignment to 2019 AP Literature and Composition Curriculum Framework:

  • CHR-1.A: Description, dialogue, and behavior reveal characters to readers.
  • CHR-1.B: Descriptions of characters may come from a speaker, narrator, other characters, or the characters themselves.
  • CHR-1.C: Perspective is how narrators, characters, or speakers understand their circumstances, and is informed by background, personality traits, biases, and relationships.
  • CHR-1.D: A character’s perspective is both shaped and revealed by background, personality traits, biases, and relationships.
  • SET-1.A: Setting includes the time and place of events n a narrative; events throughout a narrative are connected, with each event building on the others, often with a cause and effect relationship.
  • STR-1.A: Plot is the sequence of events in a narrative; events throughout a narrative are connected, with each event building on the others, often with a cause-and-effect relationship.
  • STR-1.B: The dramatic situation of a narrative includes the setting and action of the plot and how the narrative develops to place characters in conflict(s), and often involves the rising or falling fortunes of a main character or set of characters.
  • STR-1.C: Plot and the exposition that accompanies it focus readers’ attention on the parts of the narrative that matter most to its development, including characters, their relationships, and their roles in the narrative, as well as the setting and the relationship between characters and setting.
  • NAR-1.A: Narrators or speakers relate accounts to readers and establish a relationship between the text and the reader.
  • NAR-1.B: Perspective refers to how narrators, characters, or speakers see their circumstances, while point of view refers to the position from which a narrator or speaker relates the events of a narrative.
  • NAR-1.C: A speaker or narrator is not necessarily the author.
  • NAR-1.D: The point of view contributes to what narrators, characters, or speakers can and cannot provide in a text based on their level of involvement and intimacy with details, events, or characters.
  • NAR-1.F: First-person narrators are involved in the narrative; their relationship to the events of the plot and other characters shape their perspective.
  • NAR-1.G Third-person narrators are outside observers.
  • NAR-1.H: Third-person narrators’ knowledge about events and characters may range from observational to all-knowing, which shapes their perspective.
  • NAR-1.J: The outside perspective of narrators may not be affected by the events of a narrative.
  • LAN-1.A: In literary analysis, writers read a text closely to identify details that, in combination, enable them to make and defend a claim about an aspect of the text.
  • LAN-1.B: A claim is a statement that requires a defense with evidence from the text.
  • LAN-1.C: In literary analysis, the initial components of a paragraph are the claim and the textual evidence that defends the claim.

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