American Lit.

Topics: Critical thinking, Explanation, Understanding Pages: 5 (881 words) Published: February 19, 2014


America Grows Up Literature: Analyzing Context
The Lesson Activities will help you meet these educational goals: 21st Century Skills—You will use critical-thinking skills and communicate effectively.

Directions
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Teacher-Graded Activities

Write a response for each of the following activities. Check the Evaluation section at the end of this document to make sure you have met the expected criteria for the assignment. When you have finished, submit your work to your teacher.

1. Analyzing Realism
a. Read Daisy Miller, a novella by Henry James. As you read, use the chart to help you read actively and start your literary analysis. In the chart, record five passages (two or three paragraphs each) that convey these features:

Day-to-day realities of the narrator (Winterbourne)
Europe and resort travel
Daisy and her experiences
The lives of other characters, including Mrs. Costello.

Pay attention to content (such as setting and plot, the type of narrator and the narrator’s stance, and character development) and writing style (for example, the author’s word choice, tone, sentence structure, and use or nonuse of figurative language).

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Passage Excerpt
Characteristics: Content
Characteristics:
Style
Explanation

b. The full title of the novella is Daisy Miller: A Study. What do you think James means by “a study”? Support your answer with details from the work.

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c. Why do you think Daisy Miller is considered to be a realistic work? Support your answer with details from the work.

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2. Analyzing Naturalism
a. Read “The White Silence” by Jack London. After reading the story, trace the events that make up a plot of decline. Highlight passages or plot details that indicate or foreshadow the story’s ending. Show how one event leads to the next and thus is portrayed as being an inevitable event.

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Plot Detail
Explanation

b. Describe your experience as a reader who knew that this naturalistic story most likely had a plot of decline. Were you able to foresee the plot decline and, if so, at what point in the story?

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c. How would you define the “white silence”?

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Evaluation
Your teacher will use these rubrics to evaluate the completeness of your work as well as the clarity of thinking you exhibit.

Activity 1: Analyzing Realism

Criteria
Distinguished
(4 points)
Analyzes the most appropriate excerpts
Notes indicate a thorough reading
Shows a thorough understanding of content, with comprehensive explanation supported by textual evidence Accurately identifies individual stylistic elements and insightfully explains their overall effect Thoroughly explains the significance of the subtitle using numerous appropriate details from the work Thoroughly explains why Daisy Miller is considered a realistic work using numerous appropriate details from the work Proficient

(3 points)
Analyzes appropriate excerpts
Notes indicate an adequate reading
Shows a clear understanding of content, with explanation supported by adequate textual evidence Identifies individual stylistic elements and convincingly explains their overall effect Adequately explains the significance of the subtitle using numerous appropriate details from the work Adequately explains why Daisy Miller is considered a realistic work using many appropriate details from the work Developing

(2 points)
Analyzes some relevant excerpts
Notes indicate a partial reading
Shows understanding of content, with explanation supported by some textual evidence Identifies some stylistic elements correctly and...
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