For use with the story “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. Students will analyze the text to identify select literary devices, including theme, main idea, and mood. Then they will use several of those elements in writing their own story. Includes options for a narrative and a graphic novel, with rubrics.
While students will write their version using the main idea of the original text, there is great opportunity for creativity. The main idea can be applied in other settings, with different endings, modernized or set in another time. The project task is similar to how movie remakes often change major features of the same main idea.
In the premade literary analysis, students will analyze a text to identify mood, main idea, theme, imagery, conflict, and style. Style can be simplified to mean looking at length and complexity of sentences, use of description and dialogue, as well as word choices. There is also a blank analysis worksheet that can be used for teacher or student-selected terms.
Imitating literary elements from a model text is a way to practice analyzing and implementing those devices. It can force students to work with elements they wouldn’t normally pick, or even make them actively consider the literary devices they are using.
For a longer text, students may write an abridged version for their Write Your Own Activity.
Literary analysis worksheets—preprinted terms and blank terms
Student narrative instruction sheet with rubric
Student graphic novel instruction sheet with rubric
Graphic novel reflection (extra room to explain how it was demonstrated in the graphic novel)
Literary devices handout (bonus!)
Item is a single file PDF.
This item is also part of the The Metamorphosis Activity Bundle (Kafka)
This activity refers to the free eText version from Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5200/5200-h/5200-h.htm
Other versions may vary.
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