Student Activities

8 Result(s)
Grade Range
6-12
Tale as Old as Time: Archetypes in Beauty and the Beast

The idea of the hero’s journey suggests that the adventures heroes and heroines undertake in many of our beloved stories follow a similar pattern. By broadly outlining these stories, you can see they contain characters and plot elements also found in fairytales and legends from different cultures.

Grade Range
9-12
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

This Launchpad, adapted from http://www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your reading and understanding of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s 1961 short story “Harrison Bergeron.” After reading the story, you can click on the videos to hear editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub converse with guest host James W. Ceaser (University of Virginia) about the story. 

Grade Range
9-12
Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus: A Close Reading of the Absurd

Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a French Algerian writer perhaps best known for novels such as The Stranger, The Plague, and The Fall. As a thinker he was linked to the intellectual movements called existentialism and absurdism, although Camus himself detested both of these labels (and labels in general).

Grade Range
9-12
Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground

It is perhaps no surprise that Fyodor Dostoevsky is known as one of the greatest psychological writers of all time, given his own dramatic history of suffering.

Grade Range
K-5
"A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell

Adapted from www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org, this article provides background materials and discussion questions to enhance your understanding and stimulate conversation about “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell. With discussion videos and multimedia resources, this lesson allows students to discuss this text in detail.

Grade Range
9-12
Chaucer's "Wife of Bath"

Perhaps the best-known pilgrim in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is Alisoun, the Wife of Bath. The Wife's fame derives from Chaucer's deft characterization of her as a brassy, bawdy woman—the very antithesis of virtuous womanhood—who challenges the prevailing gender inequality of the times.

Grade Range
9-12
Introducing Jane Eyre

What was life like for women during the Victorian age? You will explore several websites that describe life in the Victorian era, a term used to describe the culture and society during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Keep in mind that like all broad claims about a society, the following are examples of life during this time, and only begin to reveal the complexity of Victorian-era livelihood.