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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Activity Bundle (James Thurber) - PDF

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7th - 12th, Adult Education
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A set of activities for use with the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. Includes reading questions, graphic organizers, essay writing, culminating projects and a Movie vs. Book comparison activity. Many choices to analyze this classic short story. Choose the options that fit best with your individual classroom needs. Rubrics and answer keys provided as appropriate.

Reading & Thinking Questions: set of questions in order of the text with answer key. Also includes a set of 7 critical thinking questions with optional paragraph model for getting deeper into the text. (8 pages)

Graphic Organizers: Includes 4 choices including Walter's Day dream, Pros and Cons of Daydreams, Characterization (with teacher notes) and Comparison of Walter's real life and his day dream personality. Answer guides included as appropriate (7 pages)

Movie vs. Book Activity: Comparison for any movie or part of a movie. Includes comparison table of specific elements and best of both worlds evaluation. Two written versions available-- paragraph and essay lengths. (9 pages)

Write More Daydreams Activity: Creative project where students write additional day dreams for Walter, keeping true to the text. Includes characterization and dialogue writing. Rubric included. (4 pages)

Culminating Projects [Task Cards] (James Thurber) Set of 11 projects-- includes writing another day dream. Projects come as Task Cards and as Student Contract for many options to use for differentiated instruction. (8 pages)

Literary Essay Choice of 3 Essay topics and rubric. Includes planning worksheet. (3 pages)

Vocabulary Activity (Bundle Only Bonus!)-- Students create a list of terms and phrases with definitions for use while reading the story. Can be done as teacher presentation or small group/ jigsawed. Also notes which are made up or confused words in the text. Student terms list and Definitions list included. (5 pages)

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The Secret Life with Walter Mitty Activity Bundle is also available in in a zipped filethat contains a premium, editable Word document (.docx) plus the Task Cars in PowerPoint in both .pptx and .ppt formats.

The New York has reprinted the short story online, for free! See here to get a copy: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1939/03/18/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-2

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