This introductory lesson works well at the beginning of Ethan Frome. The lesson begins with a PowerPoint that reviews the concepts of mood and setting. Even if students have already learned these concepts, this part of the PowerPoint can serve as a good review. The PowerPoint also contains background information about the specific setting of Ethan Frome to help students contextualize the novel.
Beyond these notes, students also complete a mood analysis exercise that asks them to use close reading skills and provide textual support. Students begin by looking at passages from other works of American literature to practice their mood analysis. This is done collectively as a class. After students have received this guided practice, they will analyze mood on their own, using passages from Ethan Frome.
Included in this download are:
- A lesson plan to help with implementation in the classroom
- A PowerPoint on mood and setting with close reading passages
- Mood analysis exercise worksheets (one general worksheet and one that applies to Ethan Frome)
- An answer key for the first mood analysis exercise that is included in the PowerPoint
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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:
- 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
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- 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
- This lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on introducing mood and setting
- 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