Lessons for Teaching Symbolism and Motif (in class and distance learning)

Room 213
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8th - 11th
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  1. Secondary English teachers: this bundle will give you mini-lessons, activities, and assignments that will allow you engage your students while you teach them about:Opening linesSettingPoint of view and perspectiveConflictCharacterizationThemeSymbolism & motifSuspense and tensionThe Literary Elem
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Teaching symbolism? Are your students struggling to get it? I know mine sure do. That's why I created this bundle of lessons and activities - so my students could learn to understand how writers use both symbolism and motif to develop the themes in their stories.

You will find a good mix of interactive and analytical activities that move your students one step at a time until they are ready to analyze a text on their own. I’ve also used stories with varying levels of complexity, so you can use them as stepping stones. And the best part is that these lessons are designed so you can use them for in school and distance learning! (Lessons for The Necklace, The Gift of the Magi, The Jacket, and Saturday Climbing).

★ If you want more detailed information about the lessons and stories used in this resource, download the preview.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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