This is an introductory anticipation activity for Ethan Frome, taught before students start reading the book.
The classroom activity will familiarize students with the main themes of the novel via kinetic class polling and discussion. The thematic statements used in the discussion are presented on a PowerPoint that will engage visual learners.
The questions are designed to be thought provoking, so the discussions can get heated. Because of the kinetic aspect of the student polling, students often refer to this activity as a "game" even though it is just another form of discussion! Once you've done this activity once, don't be surprised if students start asking you to "play the red card, green card game" again.
Included with your download:
- An Image-rich PowerPoint
- A Lesson Plan and Guide for Using Materials
- A Lesson Reflection Worksheet for Closure
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This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Ethan Frome Unit Bundle (click here)
In the complete unit bundle, you will receive:
- This anticipatory activity
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional differentiated vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- A PowerPoint presentation on Naturalism with an accompanying lesson on analyzing Naturalist components of the book
- An introductory lesson that asks students to analyze poems that share a similar topic to Ethan Frome
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on introducing mood and setting that works well toward the beginning of instruction
- A three-lesson bundle with PowerPoints, worksheets, and "Teacher's Keys" on setting analysis, specifically focused on getting at the symbolic value of passages through close reading
- A "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that asks students to consider the ideas of the book from various expert perspectives
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A lesson that asks students to consider the intersections between the book and a classic song by the rock band the Smiths
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support