Common Core Standards: ELA
ELA: KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 12
LITERACY: GRADES 6 - 12
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
Breakin’ it Down:
It’s your students’ favorite standard (for real this time)….movie day! But seriously, it’s important to expose students to multiple versions of a classic text. Advanced students should be able to critique the creative and interpretive choices of each version, noting where there are subtle differences and discussing how these choices affect the meaning.
And yes, the English gods have spoken: you should make sure you do this at least once with a Shakespearean play.
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Teaching Guides 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
- Antigone Teacher Pass
- Beowulf 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 Aeneid 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 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 Lottery Teacher Pass
- The Metamorphosis 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
- Wuthering Heights Teacher Pass
The Daily Grind: Teaching the Standard
Your imagination is the only limit here. You might have to explore the depths of YouTube or dig through the discount bin at the local movie store to find adaptations and interpretations of great literature, but they’re out there! This standard lends itself well to fieldtrips to the local theater or a university to watch a live performance. Poets also give readings of their poems, many which have been recorded for your viewing and learning pleasure.
Or you can use your classroom as a stage. Let students develop their own interpretations of plays, poems, or scenes from novels. For added discussion and analysis, tape the students’ performances and have them analyze the merits, shortcomings, and overall effects of each interpretation.
Quiz QuestionsHere's an example of a quiz that could be used to test this standard.
- Early Modern British Literature
- Eros (Cupid)
- Hephaestus (Vulcan)
- Hera (Juno)
- Heracles (Hercules)
- Hermes (Mercury)
- Our Town
- Percy Jackson Lightning Thief
- The Crucible
- The Crucible Summary
- The Telltale Heart
- War of the Roses
- ACT Reading 1.8 Social Science Passage
- ACT Reading 1.9 Natural Science Passage
- Bestsellers: The Help
- Young Adult Degrees of Separation
- Teaching 1984: It's Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings
- Teaching A Good Man is Hard to Find: Take Two: A Good Ending Is Hard to Find
- 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 A View from the Bridge: Playbill
- Teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Is Mark Twain is the Original Jon Stewart?
- As I Lay Dying: Dysfunction Junction: Somebody, Help These Bundrens!
- Teaching Beowulf: Adapting Beowulf
- Catch-22: Oops, I Satirized It Again
- Catch-22: Achilles’ Heel: Antiheroes in Catch-22 and the Iliad
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Book vs. Movie
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Romanticism: What's Love Got To Do With It?
- Teaching Death of a Salesman: It's Just an Expressionism