This new EDSITEment Lesson provides a Common Core Application for high school students. Julia Alverez’s novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, fictionalizes the life events of historical figures, four Mirabal sisters and their families, to dramatize the efforts of people in the Dominican Republic late 1950s to overthrow a dictator’s brutal regime. The lesson analyzes the main characters to see how each individually demonstrates courage. A speech delivered in 2006 by a daughter of one of the sisters is used to understand the historical legacy of these extraordinary women.
This lesson is designed to apply Common Core State Standards and facilitate a comparison of informational texts and primary source material from the Scottsboro Boys trials of the 1931 and 1933, and the fictional trial in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960).
This lesson invites a comparative close reading of Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad and Edward Hirsch’s ekphrastic poem “Edward Hopper and the House by the Railroad” to explore how form affects content.
The people of America loved O. Henry, and so do I, once I found out what he was up to. Which I did when I read “The Gift of the Magi” – gad, how cleverly he told his story, concealing behind laughing language a profound love for the great masses of people who are frequently called the little people. —William Saroyan, “O What a Man Was O.
This lesson invites students to describe and analyze Eudora Welty’s use of characterization and setting in her short story, “A Worn Path.”
This lesson provides a study of the dramatic and theatrical aspects of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, an exemplar for CCSS grade 11 – CCR.