The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit

The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen: Close Reading and Analysis Unit
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While most teenagers enjoy the holiday season and think of it as time with family, presents, and delicious food, they might not stop to think about the less fortunate families in their communities that are struggling with poverty. And if their family does struggle, it might be comforting to know that they are not the only ones. Therefore, the main purpose of this short story unit is to ultimately get students thinking about how “The Little Match Girl” might relate to their lives or to those around them. The variety of activities and projects included in this unit will leave students both appreciating Anderson’s prose and reflecting on the little girl’s life and death long after the unit is over. While it is not necessary for this unit to be taught during the Holiday Season, it definitely adds real-world relevance and much-needed context that students can use to stimulate their thoughts and their emotions.

Materials Included:

*Detailed Lesson Plans
*Pre-reading Unit Vocabulary Handout
*Pre-reading “Author’s Perspective” Activity
*Copy of the Story (so students can mark up the text as they read)
*During Reading Analysis Questions
*Post Reading Language Analysis Activity
*Alternate Ending Creative Writing Project
*Alternate Ending Project Rubric
*Real World Connections Project
*Real World Connections Project Rubric
*Multiple Choice Quiz

*Detailed Answer Keys for the following:
- Unit Vocabulary
- Author’s Perspective Activity
- During Reading Analysis Questions
- Language Analysis Activity
- Multiple Choice Quiz


CCSS Focus Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 (determining meaning of words)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 (demonstrate understanding of figurative language)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read a text closely for explicit and implicit meanings)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (analyze themes and central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 (assess how point of view/purpose shapes a text)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (write informative/explanatory texts)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 (write narratives)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 (draw evidence from literary/informational texts to
support analysis and reflection)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (participate in a range of collaborations with other
students)


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Keywords: Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Christian Anderson, Little Match Girl, The Little Match Girl, vocabulary words, vocabulary activity, author's point of view, author's perspective, biography, reading comprehension, reading analysis questions, figurative language, personification, metaphor, simile, imagery, creative writing, alternate ending, real world application, project, rubric, Christmas, Holidays, Holiday season, Christmas Short Story Unit, short story unit, Holiday Short Story Unit
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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