Lesson Plan

Analyzing Setting & Plot in the Development of Theme: "The Most Dangerous Game"

Students will analyze and write about how setting and plot contribute to the development of theme over the course of the text. Appropriate for flipped classrooms as direct instruction uses short videos.
Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Analyze the impact of word choice in the title;
  • Analyze the cumulative impact on mood of specific word choice used to describe setting;
  • Analyze how the plot contributes to the development of theme;
  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis;
  • Determine theme of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text;
  • Write an argument to support a claim in an analysis of text;
  • Strengthen writing as needed by revising.
Subjects
English Language Arts
text analysis
using supporting evidence
writing
Grades 9 - 10
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK

Objective: Analyze the impact of multiple meanings of the word "game" in the title.

Using online resources such as Visual Thesaurus and/or Merriam-Webster identify the two meanings of the word "game" in the title of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.  Write an explanation of the title for each meaning.

2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION

Google Drive
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Shmoop
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Note: Activities go back and forth between direct instruction and guided practice thus the numbering/lettering to indicate which parts go together.  Do all of 1 (a, b) before moving on to 2, etc.

(1a.) Objective: Annotate text.

Using www.notablepdf.com (works with google drive) and a pdf copy of the story (can find one online) highlight, comment on, share, give and get feedback focusing on setting and the specific events in the plot.  Demonstrate the use of this app by annotating the first part of the text projecting it onto a screen.

Next, go to GUIDED PRACTICE and see (1b.)

(2a.) Objective: Review the elements of a short story.

Show the short video from Shmoop Tube titled "Short Stories" which is a brief presentation of the elements of a short story along with the naming of the parts of the plot found in a plot diagram.

Next, go to GUIDED PRACTICE and see (2b.)

(3a.) Objective: Review thesis statement.

Show the short video from Shmoop Tube titled "How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement."

Next go to GUIDED PRACTICE and see (3b.)

(4a.) Objective: Strengthen writing as needed by revising.

Show the short videos from Shmoop Tube titled "What Not to Do in an Introduction" and "What Not to Do in a Conclusion."

Next go to GUIDED PRACTICE and see (4b.)

3 GUIDED PRACTICE

Mural.ly
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(1b.) Objective: Organize data/evidence about setting using electronic notes posted on a mural.

Using the electronically annotated text from NOTABLE PDF & Google Drive, choose descriptions of the setting to post on a mural using Mural.ly.  Then choose Google Images that illustrate each scene and add them to your mural connecting them to the citations from the text. Share your mural with a partner for feedback.

Return to DIRECT INSTRUCTION and see (2a.)

(2b.) Organize data/events in a plot diagram.

Using the electronically annotated text from NOTABLE PDF & Google Drive, choose events from the story to include on the interactive plot diagram from Read, Write, Think.  Print your plot diagram.

Return to DIRECT INSTRUCTION and see (3a.)

(3b.) Objective: Write a strong thesis statement (theme statement.)

Based on the evidence you collected from the setting and plot, what do you think is the author's message or theme of the story?  In deciding what the theme might be refer back to what Zaroff says about what resources animals have and what resources man has that gives one an advantage over the other in a hunt.

Go to INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

(4b.) Objective: Strengthen writing as needed by revising.

Revise your introduction and conclusion by applying the information presented in the videos.

Go to WRAP UP

4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Google Drive
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Objective: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Performance Task:  How does Richard Connelly use setting and plot to develop theme in "The Most Dangerous Game?"  Write an essay in which you answer the question.  To develop your essay, cite specific examples/evidence from the text. Warrant your examples/evidence to your claim--that is, tell how your examples/evidence connects to your claim--to develop a line of reasoning throughout your essay.

Compose your essay in google docs.

Return to DIRECT INSTRUCTION (4a.)

5 WRAP UP

Objective: Evaluate writing using a rubric.

Using a rubric, evaluate your essay.  Where might you be able to improve?