James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” – a comedy, mock-adventure – will capture all your readers: action-lovers will be thrilled with Mitty’s over-the-top adventures, fantasy-fans will be delighted by Mitty’s imagination, & everyone will appreciate the story’s situational comedy.
This 1-2-day lesson plan will let you develop your students’ skills at literary analysis... with a focus on the contrast between the story’s fantasy and ‘real-life’ sequences. The pre- and post-reading activities will let you make meaningful connections to the role of daydreaming in real-life and will enable you to creatively draw on your students’ experience with clickbait… all while meeting Common Core ELA standards.
Note: The full text of the story is NOT included in this resource for copyright reasons. In the Teaching Notes, I provide a link to a downloadable version of the story.
This resource includes:
A link to download
a full copy of the story.
Pre-reading writing prompt
for students to start deep-thinking about the role of daydreaming in everyday life.
Creative thinking activity
that draws on students’ familiarity with clickbait in order to write sensational headlines.
Plus 8 questions & activities
that require students to:
• analyze text structure
• analyze character
• cite textual evidence
• make inferences
• determine word meanings using context & knowledge of setting
• identify purpose of word choices.
I’ve also included a detailed key for quick-as-a-breeze grading AND teaching notes with lots of helpful suggestions.
• 1- or 2-DAY PLAN: includes link to the story, questions, & teaching notes (2 pages, 1 pdf file)
• KEY (2 pages, 1 pdf file)
A perfect lesson plan for any grade 9 - 10 literature class!
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