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Characters
Grade: 9-12
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"But what is the correct interpretation?"

English teachers have been plagued by this question since the dawn of time. Well... maybe not that long ago, but many students are stuck on finding the "correct" interpretation of a piece of literature. It is important for teachers to enforce how literature is... VIEW FULL LESSON

Symbolism
Grade: 9-12
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Anticipatory set: Students will list words that come to mind when they hear the word “romantic.” I will dispel this notion of romance and offer new contextualization for Romanticism.

Mini lesson: Students will review elements of Romanticism (handout). Afterwards, students will accurately identify key components of... VIEW FULL LESSON

Concepts
Grade: 9-12
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This lesson examines whether or not the titular character from Shakespeare's play Othello fits the criteria of a tragic hero as set by Aristotle in his notorious book about dramatic theory, Poetics.
Before reading Othello, students should become familiar with the qualities of a tragic hero as outlined in the document... VIEW FULL LESSON

Historical Context
Grade: 9-12
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One of the first pieces of information given to students when studying 1984 by George Orwell is the fact that the novel is heavily influenced by the reign of terror during World War II. Using these resources and activity ideas, students will instead discover where Orwell's ideas originated using two invaluable documents: both... VIEW FULL LESSON

Symbolism
Grade: 9-12
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Many of Edgar Allan Poe's works can be considered allegorical. The most common definition of allegory is when a work has a hidden meaning that is revealed through examining a text. When these various symbols, characters, events, and locations come together to show a singular message, the text can be considered an allegory. "The Masque of the... VIEW FULL LESSON

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