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James Thurber's “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” –16 Rigorous Common Core Tasks

James Thurber's “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” –16 Rigorous Common Core Tasks
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This Common Core resource includes 16 rigorous unit learning tasks for James Thurber’s short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." The teacher-created learning tasks include standard(s) alignment using the language of Common Core State Standards. The unit activities represent a balance of analysis and evaluation activities focusing on a variety of literary elements, constructed responses, and extended informational/explanatory and argumentative writing. The graphic organizers, rubrics, articles, and other resources are also included with this file. This resource also includes some embedded external documents and informational texts that have thematic parallels with "The Story of an Hour." The learning tasks will delve deeper into the complex character development, figurative and connotative meanings, and themes that have made it a literary classic.
Critical reading of literary texts is a critical component of the Common Core State Standards, and analyzing texts is a key skill that students will need for college and the jobs of the future. The critical foci of the learning tasks include:

1. Figurative and connotative meanings
2. Citing strong and thorough textual evidence (inferencing)
3. Analyzing themes and their development over the course of the text.
4. Analyzing complex character development
5. Responding to literature using constructed responses
6. Collegial discussions and presenting information.
7. Argumentative, narrative, and expository extended writing and constructed responses.
8. Morphology and context clues activities embedded within the core text.
9. Aligned video clips to the core text for comparative essays
10. Embedded graphic organizers and rubrics

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James Thurber's “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” –16 Rigorous Common Core Tasks by Dr. Joel C. Boyce is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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