This engaging lesson ties Ethan Frome to the lyrics of the iconic rock band, the Smiths.
Before forging comparisons between the novel and the Smiths' song, teachers can present a quick PowerPoint and analytical exercise on tone to prepare students for the tasks they will face. The lesson also includes an initial "quickwrite" to get students thinking about ideas that surface in both the book and the song.
After these introductory exercises, students will listen to a classic song by the Smiths that connects to the novel. Students will then complete an accompanying analytical worksheet that tests their analytical skills. Students compile textual details from Ethan Frome to demonstrate the interconnections between the song and the book. This activity not only promotes deep analysis, but it also encourages student interest.
Included in this lesson are:
- A thorough lesson plan for implementing the lesson
- A PowerPoint and worksheet on tone
- A PowerPoint version of the quickwrite prompt
- An analytical worksheet connecting Ethan Frome to the Smiths' song
- An answer key with potential responses to the analytical worksheet
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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
- 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
- This 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