Responding to Literature
Students learn key literary terms and concepts, and how to compose essays and articles in response to pieces of literature. They learn about certain character archetypes found in mythology that permeate modern stories of today, characterization, and types of characters (flat, round, static, dynamic). Students identify and evaluate writing for imagery, figurative language, metaphors, similes, and personification. Lesson topics also include theme, conflict, plot, setting, point of view, irony, foreshadowing, flashback, and symbolism. Students practice identifying, analyzing, and evaluating use of literary elements in a variety of literature, and they create projects in response to literature, using their knowledge of literary elements. Projects can include, but are not limited to, essays, articles, artistic expressions, and presentations.