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Spend a Day in My Shoes: Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative

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Spend a Day in My Shoes: Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


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  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • An assortment of different types of shoes (a cowboy boot, a high-heeled pump, a running shoe, a beach sandal, and so forth); or pictures of a variety of different types of shoes

  • Writing supplies (paper, pens, pencils, etc.)—Writer's notebooks will work for this activity.

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Circle Plot Diagram

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Circle Plot Diagram

The Circle Plot Diagram can be used as a prewriting graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure as well as a postreading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book.


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  • Make copies of the Walking in Someone Else's Shoes handout.

  • Gather your collection of shoes. You might borrow shoes from family, friends, and neighbors to get specimens from many "walks of life."

  • Alternately, collect pictures of shoes—you might save catalogs and newspaper ads or search for shoes online. The "Apparel" tab on the Amazon Website can provide a variety of images that you can use as well as descriptions of the shoes.

  • Make an overhead of the quotation from To Kill a Mockingbird, or write the quotation on the board or on chart paper.

  • Test the Circle Plot Diagram student interactive 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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