Common Core Standards: ELA
Standard 7: Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Breakin’ it Down:
Late night comedians are the masters of this standard. In the words of Emily Dickinson, “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” This standard is all about getting students to analyze how facts can be interpreted in different lights.
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Using this Standard
- 1984 Teacher Pass
- A Raisin in the Sun Teacher Pass
- A Rose For Emily Teacher Pass
- A View from the Bridge Teacher Pass
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Teacher Pass
- Animal Farm Teacher Pass
- Antigone Teacher Pass
- Beowulf Teacher Pass
- Brave New World Teacher Pass
- Death of a Salesman Teacher Pass
- Fahrenheit 451 Teacher Pass
- Fences Teacher Pass
- Frankenstein Teacher Pass
- Grapes Of Wrath Teacher Pass
- Great Expectations Teacher Pass
- Hamlet Teacher Pass
- Heart of Darkness Teacher Pass
- Julius Caesar Teacher Pass
- King Lear Teacher Pass
- Lord of the Flies Teacher Pass
- Macbeth Teacher Pass
- Moby Dick Teacher Pass
- Narrative of Frederick Douglass Teacher Pass
- Oedipus the King Teacher Pass
- Of Mice and Men Teacher Pass
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Teacher Pass
- Othello Teacher Pass
- Romeo and Juliet Teacher Pass
- Sula Teacher Pass
- The As I Lay Dying Teacher Pass
- The Bluest Eye Teacher Pass
- The Canterbury Tales General Prologue Teacher Pass
- The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale Teacher Pass
- The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Teacher Pass
- The Cask of Amontillado Teacher Pass
- The Catch-22 Teacher Pass
- The Catcher in the Rye Teacher Pass
- The Crucible Teacher Pass
- The Great Gatsby Teacher Pass
- The House on Mango Street Teacher Pass
- The Iliad Teacher Pass
- The Metamorphosis Teacher Pass
- The Odyssey Teacher Pass
- The Old Man and the Sea Teacher Pass
- The Scarlet Letter Teacher Pass
- The Tell-Tale Heart Teacher Pass
- Their Eyes Were Watching God Teacher Pass
- Things Fall Apart Teacher Pass
- To Kill a Mockingbird Teacher Pass
- Twilight Teacher Pass
- Wide Sargasso Sea Teacher Pass
- Wuthering Heights Teacher Pass
Teacher Feature: Ideas for the classroom
HATCHLING: The Late Night Lens
Read an important press release, speech, or news event. Then find the coverage and analysis of that text that will no doubt spring up on the news and YouTube. See how different groups have managed to ‘spin it’. Analyze what elements of the original have been either taken out or taken out of context. Not only are you teaching the standard, but you’re also getting students engaged in current events!
TAKE FLIGHT: He said, She said
Have all students in your class read the same text or watch the same video clip of a rhetorical event. Beforehand, have everyone develop a persona or “secret identity”. Make sure they’ve decided on specifics: age, occupation, education, historical time period, location of residence, family structure, race, religion, hobbies, etc.
Then, ask students to analyze the video or text from the point of view of their persona and take notes. What is going to be important/ shocking/ irrelevant to their character? How will he/she interpret different parts of what is being said?
Follow up by asking them to write an interpretive summary or critique of the text or video from the point of view of their persona. They’ll be surprised by what gets emphasized in each person’s account!
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
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- Teaching Death of a Salesman: Selling the American Dream
- Teaching A View from the Bridge: Playbill
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Is Mark Twain is the Original Jon Stewart?
- Teaching Animal Farm: Don't Wanna Be Your Beast of Burden: Animal Farm Music
- Teaching Antigone: On the Hunt for Civil Disobedience
- Teaching Antigone: The First Three Letters of Funeral
- As I Lay Dying: Your Mother’s a Fish: Faulkner and Modernist Art
- As I Lay Dying: Dysfunction Junction: Somebody, Help These Bundrens!
- Teaching Beowulf: Adapting Beowulf
- Teaching Brave New World: Our Ford, Who art in ... Detroit?
- Catch-22: Waiting for Yossarian: Bureaucracy in Catch-22 and in Schools
- Catch-22: Oops, I Satirized It Again
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Dream Collage
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Costume Design
- Teaching A Raisin in the Sun: Newsletter
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Comparing Song to Text
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Put Miss Emily On Trial
- Teaching A Rose for Emily: Dramatizing "A Rose for Emily"
- Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Poetry Inspired by Douglass’s Narrative
- Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: What Would Douglass Say Today?
- Night: Tragedy Times Two
- Teaching Oedipus the King: Character Masks
- Teaching Oedipus the King: Music Video
- Teaching Of Mice and Men: Becoming Slim (or Curley, or Candy, or Lennie, or George, or Crooks, or ...)
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: "Like a cartoon world": Psychedelic Cartoons from the Psych Ward
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: Law and Order in the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Teaching One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: 19th Nervous Breakdown: Music, Poetry, or Fiction Inspired by Cuckoo’s Nest
- Teaching Othello: Othello Rap
- Teaching Othello: Comparing Two Cinematic Adaptations of Othello Act 3, Scene 3
- Teaching Othello: Creating an Insider’s Travel Guide to Othello’s Venice or Cyprus
- Teaching Fahrenheit 451: Burn, Baby, Burn: Censorship 101
- Teaching Fences: Singing the Blues
- Teaching Fences: Making a Collage – Bearden Style
- Teaching Frankenstein: Playing with Fire: Frankenstein as Modern Prometheus