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Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser

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Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

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Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

General supplies for final projects

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.

 

Comic Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

 

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PREPARATION

  • Preview the online tool (Reading a Work of Art: Student Questions for Death and the Miser) which offers students an opportunity to work with an interactive image of the painting on their home computer or in a computer lab. After reviewing the interactive, decide which of the two levels in the lesson plan is best suited to the needs of your students.

  • Collect resources for the final project—art supplies, old magazines and newspapers, URLs for free clip art sites, materials for costumes and props, and so forth.

  • Test the Comic Creator and Plot Diagram tools on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Find background information on Hieronymous Bosch and Death and the Miser at the National Gallery of Art, WebMuseum, and Elements of Fiction Web pages.

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