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Style: Defining and Exploring an Authorís Stylistic Choices

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Style: Defining and Exploring an Authorís Stylistic Choices

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

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The Passion of Punctuation

Using published writersí texts and studentsí own writing, this unit explores emotions that are associated with the artful and deliberate use of commas, semicolons, colons, and exclamation points (end-stop marks of punctuation).

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 12

Walter Dean Myers, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Monster, was born in 1937.

Students discuss how the form of a film script affects the story, why the author may have selected this writing style, and write a story using a similar format.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17

On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.

Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18

Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.

Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1

Take part in the African American Read-In!

Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.

 

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