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Concepts
Grade: 9-12
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With a substantial shift in focus from fiction to non-fiction texts, engaging and true stories are highly sought after in the modern classroom. John Krakauer’s Into the Wild offers a unique and enigmatic view of Chris McCandless, the college graduate who discarded his life within society and eventually met his demise in the Alaskan... VIEW FULL LESSON

Characters
Grade: 9-12
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As a coming-of-age novel, Jane Eyre focuses heavily on the development of Jane's personal values. This project is an excellent way to synthesize the novel as a whole, analyzing not only how Jane develops, but which characters affect the way she sees the world. Before going into the project itself, it is worth noting that it is... 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

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

Characters
Grade: 9-12
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After reading Romeo & Juliet, an engaging way to check for understanding of the play while also stressing the importance of textual evidence is to consider how certain characters led to the untimely deaths of the titular characters. In this activity, students will be assigned a certain character from the play and then analyze how... VIEW FULL LESSON

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