This lesson applies the "Think Like a Disciplinarian" model to Ethan Frome. Students are broken up into four groups that analyze the end of the book from the perspective of different expert disciplines. For this particular assignment, students either consider the book from the perspective of a historian, a psychologist, a couples' counselor, or a biographer.
In their groups, students read non-fiction texts that provide them with insight into their interdisciplinary "expertise." This strategy caters to GATE students by providing depth and complexity, and it also caters to struggling students who have an opportunity to work with their peers. Using other disciplines as a framework also requires students to think differently about literature than they are typically accustomed to doing.
Included in this download are:
- A lesson plan detailing the specifics of implementation
- A suggested list of expert non-fiction readings for each discipline
- A "Think Like a Disciplinarian" worksheet
- A student note-taking graphic organizer
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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
- 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
- This "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson
- 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