Lesson Plan

A Closer Look Into Anthem: Syntax

This lesson helps achieve technology integration into a lesson around Syntax in Anthem by Ayn Rand.
Annie M.
Classroom teacher
Montana State University
Bozeman, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will analyze how word choice affects meaning and tone in a novel.

Students will learn to critically examine and criticize word choice throughout the novel Anthem.

English Language Arts
Grades 10
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1 Introduction: Anticipatory Set

Begin with a whole class discussion about their previous knowledge of Syntax and Word Choice. 

Use Poll Everywhere to anonymously pre-assess the class in order to adjust the lesson about Syntax. 

Student Instructions

Student Scribe - will review activities and lesson goals of the previous day and will ask a review question to the class. 

2 Instructional Activities

Google Drive
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Free, Paid

1. SlideShare on Syntax, an overview of Parts of Speech and Word Choice.

4. Socrative Poll will be used to reinforce ideas of simple v. complex and go over parts of speech. 

5. Students will be given a worksheet on Antithesis to complete. 


Student Instructions

1. Students will be able to access SlideShare if they are absent or need to review the notes from the day. 

2. In groups of 3-4 (pre-determined) students will log into the class Google Drive and find a Doc with simple sentences written on it. Students will work together to determine and label the parts of speech and then turn the simple sentence into a complex sentence. 

4. Students will individually use Socrative to anonymously assess their comprehension of Syntax, parts of speech and complex v. simple sentences. 

5. Students will complete the worksheet individually or with a partner. 

3 Instructional Activity

Activity: Conversing

3. Whole class discussion on Syntax in Anthem. 

Student Instructions

3. Students will find examples of simple v. complex sentences in Anthem and discuss the use of Syntax by Ayn Rand. 

4 Wrap Up - Synthesis/Closure:

Activity: Investigating

Exit Ticket 

Students will pick one phrase that stood out to them from Anthem or the handout and discuss Rand’s use of it. 5 points for completion and critical examination.

Student Instructions

-> Students investigate the novel and write down a  phrase that stands out to them. 

-> Students write down Ayn Rand's use of Syntax, word choice, or parts of speech in that phrase.