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A Failure of the Imagination
|Grades||8 – 12|
Of late, we have seen a trend toward celebrating imaginative assignments for imagination’s sake alone. Some of these assignments may engage students and help them to think imaginatively, even critically, but they may also miss the point of the work or confound the author’s intent. In the name of imagination, teachers often design activities and assignments that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
Osburg, Barbara. "A Failure of the Imagination." English Journal. (May 2003.) 57-59. Print.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this lesson, students incorporate analyses of characters from The Crucible with examinations of original seventeenth-century portraits of Puritans to create a visual portrait of the character. The project culminates in a “Portrait Gallery Walk” where students present and defend their artwork.