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Tracking the Ways Writers Develop Heroes and Villains

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Tracking the Ways Writers Develop Heroes and Villains

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions plus reading sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Fantastic Characters: Analyzing and Creating Superheroes and Villains

Students analyze characterization by creating their own superheroes or super-villains,
complete with related gadgets and settings.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31

J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.

Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.

Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Telling Good from Bad in Movies and Television

In this activity, you can discuss with teens how they can tell the “good” characters from the “bad” ones by watching for clues that the movie makers have left.

 

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