High School English Lesson Plans, Grades 9-12
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"The Color Purple": High School Lesson on Comparing the Book & the Film In 1985, Steven Spielberg brought to life Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" on the big screen. After reading the novel, have your students watch the movie in class, and then compare the movie with the film. The book and movie are appropriate for mature students in 11th or 12th grade.
Who Is Alice Walker? High School English Lesson Born in 1944, Alice Walker was the eighth child of sharecroppers in Georgia. While in college, she decided to become a writer, and themes in her writing often focus on the oppression of African-American woman. Introduce this author to your class through analyzing several of her poems.
Everything Can Change in Nineteen Minutes Although it is bound to stir up a number of emotions, Nineteen Minutes is a thought-provoking read that will lead to stimulating discussions in your high school book club.
Journey of a Beatnik: On The Road Many students will rejoice at first when you assign this novel. Look at its length - a student’s dream, it’s a quick and easy read. How wrong they will be!
The Magical Adventure of Youth: Boy’s Life Open this novel and meet some of the most interesting and unforgettable characters in modern fiction. First and foremost is Cory Mackenson, our young hero who lives in the town of Zephyr, Alabama.
Meet Mike Noonan… A Modern Day Manderley Dweller Stephen King’s novel, Bag of Bones, may seem a bit daunting when you first distribute it to students or book club members. It can appear to be too long and dense for pleasure reading. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.