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Mythical Gods Writing Myths

Writing Myths

Students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science. They will read and analyze the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes."

The Starry Night Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?

In this lesson students are introduced to and encouraged to explore characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings

Davy Crockett What a Character

What a Character

In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story

Whales The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail

In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales

word art A Way With Words or Say What?

A Way With Words or Say What?

Many words and phrases that we use every day were coined by Shakespeare. He is credited with inventing over 2,000 words and expressive phrases.

Constitution of the United States Utopian Visions

Utopian Visions

Students are introduced to the idea of a "utopia"—an idealized society. Students read Sir Thomas More's Utopia and examine the concepts behind his vision of an ideal society.

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape presents a disheartening assessment of the impact of living in the industrialized society of the early 20th century.

Tom Sawyer Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Learn about the source for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read, and analyze the novel, with attention to character and style.

Mark Twain Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America

Mark Twain Twain: An American Humorist

Twain: An American Humorist

Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”

Women and Men Tolerance: Gender Issues

Tolerance: Gender Issues

In this lesson, students research how professions such as nursing, clerking, and teaching have changed gender dominance over the past 150 years in the United States.

Hip-hop poet The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The Poetics of Hip-Hop

Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

Scene from 'The Glass Menagerie' The Memory Play in American Drama

The Memory Play in American Drama

This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie

Paul Bunyon Tall Tales Today

Tall Tales Today

In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales and will create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character.

Mali Mask Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals.

Scene from Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.

Snowy London Setting the Story

Setting the Story

Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction. They learn devices for creating a realistic setting, and use the methods in works of their own

The African Slave Trade Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery

Performance of Shakespeare's A Question of Style

A Question of Style

Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It

Shadow Puppets Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road

Fiction book Plotting the Story

Plotting the Story

Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction. They distinguish plot from narrative to gain a firm understanding of a plot’s function within a story

Scene from Twelfth Night Playing with Puns

Playing with Puns

This theater and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative and interpretive opportunities. Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes

Pioneers Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers

Annie Oakley Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners

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