The Velveteen Rabbit... and philosophy
Critical Reading; Higher Order Thinking
This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; once you have downloaded the story - please see the link below - everything you need is here.
Achieve positive results in creating analytical thinkers by nurturing your students’ abilities and giving them the necessary tools to develop critical reasoning skills. This can be achieved through close textual analysis of small sections of texts.
INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT ARE THE FOLLOWING:
➢ Individual and group questions
➢ Textual analysis questions
➢ Teacher notes
➢ This unit compliments both of my TpT units on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. An entire copy of The Velveteen Rabbit is included here (the story is in the public domain so easily found online as well):
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (movie guide)
➢ 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 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.
If you are interested in engaging your students in higher order thinking you may be interested in the following:
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Google Slides Interactive Unit
What is Textual Analysis? Unit #1
What is Textual Analysis? Unit #2
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Keywords: Textual Analysis; political philosophy; History; social studies; ELA; Literature; logic; CCSS; Velveteen Rabbit
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