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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations
    Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy
    By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
    Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is used as a primer to teach students how to analyze a literary work using plot, theme, characterization, and psychoanalytical criticism.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In the Style of Ernie Pyle: Reporting on World War II
    Students will think this lesson should make the headlines when they finish researching Ernie Pyle's work in preparation for writing their own news articles.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story
    After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
    mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
    they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    I've Got the Literacy Blues
    Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World
    Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
    After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Locating Purpose in Allusion through Art and Poetry
    Through this lesson, students will learn how to use the literary term "allusion" in discussing how and why authors and artists draw on and transform subject material.

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