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Exploring Irony in the Conclusion of All Quiet on the Western Front

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Exploring Irony in the Conclusion of All Quiet on the Western Front

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

Carol Hurt

Charleston, South Carolina

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

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Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

  • All Quiet on the Western Front. Universal Pictures, 1930.

  • Additional reference materials on World War I

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Book Cover Guide

Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Book Cover Guide

Explore the parts of book covers and dust jackets with this online guide, designed to to allow users to review the content that appears on each portion of these artifacts.

 

CD/DVD Cover Creator

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

CD/DVD Cover Creator

The CD/DVD Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate CD and DVD covers and related booklets for liner notes and other information. Students can use the tool to create covers for books, music, and films that they explored as well as to create covers for media they compose individually or as a class.

 

Book Cover Creator

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Book Cover Creator

The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Read the novel as a class project, or require the novel for summer reading. This is a great activity for a discussion of the novel as a whole after students have read the book over the summer.

  • Watch the 1930 version of the movie yourself, especially the ending, and decide how to use the film in the classroom:

    • If at all possible, show the final scene of the movie, as a comparison to the ending in the novel. If time is available to show more than one clip, choose a clip showing the battles in the movie, as a comparison to the final scene. Naturally, if your schedule allows, you may want to show the entire movie.

    • If you cannot screen the final scenes of the movie, use the written summary of the movie’s final scene.

  • Make copies or overhead transparencies of the lesson plan handouts: All Quiet on the Western Front Cover Images, Project Assignment, Peer Review Guidelines, and Project Rubric.

  • Review available World War I reference materials to familiarize yourself with the circumstances of the war and the culture of the time. World War I: Trenches on the Web and A Guide to World War I Materials from the Library of Congress provide useful background material.

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

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