With the activities in this 10-page product,Literature: St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt-Reading for Literary Gold, students will complete individual projects on an Irish writer, playwright or poet.
Why: The works of Irish and Irish/American authors are included in a wide majority of American literary canons. Not only should students read their works to strengthen their comprehension, writing, and analytic skills and to evaluate their influence and inclusion in these collections, but also to just enjoy their writing.
When: The works of these writers, playwrights and poets may be included in any literature unit throughout the academic year, for a focused study during March for St. Patrick’s Day, or as part of an independent reading/writing study unit.
• Introduce this independent study by having students name any Irish writer, playwright or poet that they have heard of and/or read. If the latter, ask them to name the book, play or poem and to briefly summarize it.
• Discuss age-appropriate Irish-themed movies (i.e. Far and Away, P.S. I Love You, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Angela’s Ashes, Waking Ned Devine, The Commitments, The Quiet Man, My Left Foot)
• Hand out the Irish Writers, Playwrights and Poets chart. Explain that students are to investigate the works on this chart by the listed authors and to choose a writer or playwright and one novel or play, or a poet and three poems to study. Clarify that at the start of the next class you will pass around the Sign-Up Sheet so they may write down their choices.
• After each student has chosen the writer and novel, play or poems to read and analyze, remind them to write the DUE DATE in their Notes Page. Write this on the board and have them copy it onto the handout.
• About a week before the projects are due, create the presentation schedule (See the included form) and inform students of their presentation day. Considering the time allotments for the various topics, decide how many will comfortably fit into each day so you can set aside the number of days needed.
SUGGESTION 1: To hook students’ interest, introduce this project in the latter part of February or on March 1st. Since Spring Break is usually around the end of March or early April, have the projects due about a week before the break. Scheduling the presentations for this time period will keep them on task and will allow you time to grade them before the break.
SUGGESTION 2: If time permits, plan Fridays to be an Independent Study Day. Half of the period may be for reading and the other half for the rough or final draft of one of the writing assignments. This will give students a scheduled time to work on this project, and will let you work with students who need encouragement or who have questions about an aspect of this assignment or who need help with what they are writing.
SUGGESTION 3: Try including the any or all of the Novel, Play and Poetry Project topics with any other literary study.
Included in this packet are
~Irish Writers, Playwrights and Poets chart
~Student Sign-Up Sheet
~ Presentation Schedule Chart
~ 31 Novel Project Ideas
~ 17 Play Project Ideas
~ 10 Poetry Project Ideas
~Student Notes Page
With this product, Literature : St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt-Reading for Literary Gold, students will understand the Ireland then and Now behind St. Patrick's Day after reading the writings of these Irish and Irish/American authors.
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