CCSS ELA Standard: 4.RL.3

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

  • Virtue or Vice?

    Aristotle noted that positive traits and negative traits are often the same thing, but just in different amounts. The right amount is a virtue, but too much or too little and it's a vice.

  • The Resiliency Tournament

    In this video, students will learn about resiliency through materials like rubber bands and then create a tournament of people and characters who have displayed resiliency.

  • Analyze Character Change with Depth and Complexity

    Students will analyze how a character changes across a story using the prompts of depth and complexity.

  • Introduce Symbolism with Pixel Art

    Students will develop a pixelated icon that symbolizes a character’s main trait.

  • Characters’ Talents and The Multiple Intelligences

    Dig into characters by analyzing their various talents using Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. This connects perfectly with social-emotional needs as students look at their own strengths and abilities.

  • Literary Technique: Juxtaposition

    Juxtaposition is a powerful literary tool to use for analysis as well as creation. Students will learn to see juxtaposition in existing stories, and develop juxtaposed characters in their own writing.

  • Analyze Characters Using Philosophy

    Students will define a character or historical figure's philosophy and apply it as a tool to analyze other people or characters.

  • Levels of Moral Development

    Dr. Kohlberg’s six levels of morality make a complex topic understandable. We’ll explore how to address social-emotional needs and also use these levels for character analysis.