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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT AND PHILOSOPHY
This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; once you have downloaded the story (free - in the public domain - link included) everything you need is here.
Reading The Velveteen Rabbit is an interesting way to introduce your students to philosophical questions; it’s easy to read so students are not intimidated by the subject matter. This unit is an introduction to Socrates’ ideas regarding knowledge and existence.
This free unit includes the following:
❄️Individual and Group work
❄️Close Textual Analysis questions
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The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a children’s novel written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. The book was published in 1922 and is in the public domain. (Via Wikimedia Commons: This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923. Velveteen Rabbit.)
➢ This unit is aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 8-12 – in particular with the following standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 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).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
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