This activity's objective is to build schema and interest in reading The Road. Students are assigned 1 of 6 Doomsday scenarios. Each scenario is a realistic explanation for the incident that sparked McCarthy's apocalyptic world and is detailed in
This lesson reviews elements of syntax (purpose, structure, punctuation indicators, sentence patterns, and effects) using examples from The Scarlet Letter and questions that accompany each example. The lesson culminates with students analyzing two
I use this lesson to address the "N-Word" for such texts as Huck Finn & To Kill a Mockingbird. The PowerPoint is an interactive lecture that incorporates a Norman Rockwell painting, a poem, an embedded video clip of NBA Hall of Famer Charles
This 45 question test includes 10 matching questions, 10 quote ID questions, 10 higher-order thinking multiple choice questions, and 2 reading passages that comprise the final 15 questions.
An answer key is also included.
This lesson's objective is to have students analyze diction and details to make inferences about the “bad guys” in The Road. I teach this after students have read up to page 137, but the brunt of the lesson focuses on passages from pp. 90-92.
This close-reading activity on the novel's pivotal moment, the creation of the monster, begins with having students compare three short embedded scenes depicting the monster's creation. We look at Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974), and
This is an interactive PPT lecture. It is the culmination of hours I spent reading and researching literary criticism on The Road. The first page is a table of contents, and students have the choice to discuss which topic they find the most
This activity involves students moving around the room responding to questions involving analysis of diction and syntax in short passages from "The Yellow Wallpaper." 12 total passages with questions are included. The nice thing about this activity
The interactive PowerPoint lecture guides students through a discussion of cannibalism. We look at the etymology of the word, a Goya painting, examples of cannibalism throughout history, and embedded clips from the movie Alive and a recent example
This interactive lecture is designed to introduce the concept of rhetorical analysis to students. Students will be able to understand the rhetorical triangle and how rhetorical choices convey purpose. Eminem is a focal point of this lesson as
This interactive lecture is designed to introduce the concept of rhetorical analysis to students. Students will be able to understand the rhetorical triangle and how rhetorical choices convey purpose. Lebron James is a focal point of this lesson as
A desk graffiti activity first involves students moving around the room and elaborating on each other's ideas through writing and then culminates with a discussion of their ideas. This graffiti activity involves nine higher-order discussion
This study guide is geared for AP Lit & Comp students, but it can easily be modified for college preparatory students. These questions are higher-order thinking questions, with an emphasis on O'Brien's use of style to make meaning. I require
I've found that AP English students have a difficult time writing about literary and rhetorical devices. After seeing students struggle with a couple timed writes because they avoided writing about devices, I created a prompt that necessitates a
I have used this interactive PowerPoint discussion to introduce the context of The Scarlet Letter (the Puritans & Hawthorne). The lesson opens with a hook in which students differentiate between Puritan and Taliban laws. I then take them through
So what is a dialectical journal? A dialectical journal is a conversation between the reader and what she is reading. This process is an important way to understand a piece of literature. By writing about literature, you make your own meaning of the
This lesson requires students to analyze symbolism in “On the Rainy River” and defend, challenge, or qualify O’Brien’s views on cowardice and “accurate portrayals” of reality. It is an interactive, multi-media PowerPoint lecture/discussion on this
This interactive PowerPoint lecture requires students to view The Grapes of Wrath from a Biblical allegory lens. Ultimately, students must discuss Steinbeck's purpose for using allusions and allegory to describe survivors of the Dust Bowl.
At the conclusion of Chapter 8, we find Jay Gatsby dead, lying in a pool of his own blood. A number of characters and events directly and indirectly contribute to his death. This activity involves the entire class in a "Literature Trial" that