The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts. Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice After reading Beloved or another suitable novel, students review some of the critical elements of drama, focusing on differences between narrative and dramatic texts, including point of view.
They discuss the role of conflict in the novel, and work in small groups to search the novel for a passage they can adapt into a ten-minute play. Students write their play adaptation in writer’s workshop sessions, focusing on character, setting, conflict, and resolution. Back to top Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature: A Teacher's Guide: This resource offers point for consideration prior to teaching a racially sensitive piece of literature, including teaching and discussion ideas for the classroom. Ten-Minute Play Planning Questions: Students can use the questions on this handout as a guide when planning their ten-minute plays based on a novel. Further Reading DeSena, Laura Hennessey. 2007. A Simple Twist of Fate. For the Bob Dylan song with a similar name, see Simple Twist of Fate.
A Simple Twist of Fate is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. The screenplay by Steve Martin is loosely based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot. Martin stars, along with Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney. Plot When high school music teacher Michael McCann discovers his wife is pregnant by another man, he divorces her and retreats into a life of solitude as a maker of finely crafted furniture in rural Virginia. Weeks later during a winter storm, Michael is startled to discover a toddler has wandered into his home while he was outside gathering wood. Michael is permitted to adopt the child and christens her Mathilda. Due to Nancy's two miscarriages and the couple's deep desire to have a child, Nancy insists on adoption. Cast Critical reception Box office Awards and nominations References External links Silas Marner by George Eliot. Silas Marner Scheme of Work.
Silas Marner Literature Guide. By George Eliot Page 1 of 5 Silas Marner is an excellent selection for classroom study in the high school.
While its length is manageable for most students, this novel is exemplary in structure, featuring intertwined major and minor plots. Likewise, various literary devices – such as foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism, irony, and characterization – are skillfully employed yet easily comprehended by young readers. However, these technical matters should not be the major focus of instruction. The setting is remote from the lives of today’s readers, just as it was somewhat quaint at the time it was written.
There are dual plots, which proceed independently, touch, intertwine, and support one another, both structurally and thematically. The themes themselves are interconnected, just as the plot lines merge and are mutually supportive. This teacher’s guide contains an overview, followed by teaching suggestions to be used before, during, and after reading the novel. List of Characters Mr. Mr. Original Lesson Plans for the Book Silas Marner, by George Eliot. When it is time for your students to read the British classic, Silas Marner, by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans Cross), the following lesson plan suggestions may be used to enhance your students' enjoyment and understanding of the novel.
These free lesson plans are original and not based on route answers that may be gleaned from "literature summary and notes" websites. These lesson plans require thought and engagement on behalf of the student. Gaining the most from reading Silas Marner will involve more than reading for comprehension. These lesson plans push the student beyond comprehension for simple question and answer.
Students will be required to read the novel and pushed to think beyond the story to learn more about the methods and tools of writing. Feel free to use these free lesson plans as a supplement to your current curriculum. Preparing to Read Silas Marner Have students prepare a folder, or portfolio, which will hold their work related to Silas Marner. Reading Silas Marner 1. 2.