How important are Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Nick Carraway to this story? The following activities and downloadable form will help your students decide.
Students reading “The Great Gatsby” likely view Jay Gatsby as a hero. This lesson plan offers ideas to help them weigh all of his characteristics before forming an opinion.
Have students compare the statue described in Ozymandias to more familiar statues such as Mt. Rushmore. Downloadable worksheets included.
Have your students meet Ramses II through the poem Ozymandias by Percy Blysshe Shelley.
“From ghosties and ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night… the God Lord deliver us.”
Were their ghosts doomed forever to wander the manor? Will Miles now join them? Or, was the governess just a madwoman, a victim of isolation and mental illness combined? Examine these and several other theories with your class after you finish reading The Turn of the Screw.
The story is told in a flashback. There is a narrator who is hosting a party at Christmas. He wants all his guests to tell a ghost story; this is an English Christmas tradition.
The Turn of the Screw is a ghost story written by Henry James. It is set on an estate in England. A woman is hired to take care of two young children. While she cares for them, she becomes convinced that the estate is being haunted by former employees.
Though a relatively simple read, “The Color Purple” deals with themes of abuse, lesbianism and religion that require a mature audience. Teachers should approach this material sensitively, and provide plenty of room for honest and open discussion in the classroom.
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.