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Instructions for You
In Twilight, the vehicles that Bella, Chief Swan, and the Cullen clan drive say a whole lot about the characters. The cars of Twilight are so significant, in fact, that author Stephenie Meyer has posted pictures of each character's vehicle on her website.
Objective: Students learn about symbolism and character development by studying the vehicles driven by characters in Twilight.
Step 1: After reading the novel, students identify the kinds of cars driven by each character.
Step 2: Students view pictures of the vehicles on Meyer's website and, if necessary, do a small amount of research on one or more of the vehicles featured.
Step 3: Using textual evidence from Twilight, images from Meyer's website, and any additional research, students compare and contrast the traits and features of a character and his or her vehicle by creating a Venn diagram.
Step 4: Students write a brief summary of what the car reveals about the character/driver.
Step 5: Teacher leads class discussion of how Meyer uses vehicles to develop her characters' traits.
(Lesson aligned with CA English Language Arts 9th & 10th grade reading standards 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 3.11; writing 1.3, 2.2, 2.3; 11th & 12th grade reading standards 2.3, 3.3, 3.9; writing 2.2)
Instructions for Your Students
Stephenie Meyer sure name-drops a lot of cars in Twilight. What do the cars tell us about the characters that own them?
Step 1: Make a list of all of the kinds of cars driven by each character.
Step 2: Check out pictures of the cars on Stephenie Meyer's website. If you're not already a car expert or a Gran Turismo fanatic, it might be helpful to do a small amount of research on one or more of the cars featured.
Step 3: Using textual evidence (a.k.a. quotes and facts) from Twilight, images from Meyer's website, and any additional research, compare and contrast the traits and features of a character and his or her vehicle by creating a Venn diagram.
Step 4: Write a brief summary of what each car reveals about the character/driver.
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Common Core Standards
The following standards are covered in this course:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1