In this project-based instruction activity, students build a toolkit of essential essay-writing skills through reading, dissecting, and analyzing a short story text. The project consists of four classes with tool-building activities, and a final, fifth class in which students use their toolkit to write an essay related to the concepts presented in the short story.
- In Class 1, students create character sketches based on a single character in the short story. They also write a reflective piece based on their character sketch.
- In Class 2, students find and annotate quotes from the short story text to support the arguments/opinions presented in their character sketches from Class 1.
- In Class 3, students use their quotes from Class 2 and analyze them for literary techniques and devices, and once again integrate these quotes into their character sketches. At the same time, students also generate analytical questions based on the story and literary devices present in the text.
- In Class 4, students discuss their analytical questions as a class and answer them collaboratively. They also consolidate the information they learned in Classes 1-3 as preparation for writing their final essay in Class 5.
- For students to be able to write an analytical essay on characterization as it relates to realism.
- For students to recognize the relevance of literature to everyday life and current issues in society.
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