From Myth to Short Story: Drawing on Source Material – Part Two:
Examine the topics of transformation and perfection as you read excerpts from the “Myth of Pygmalion” by Ovid and the short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. By the end of this two-part, interactive tutorial series, you should be able to explain how the short story draws on and transforms source material from the original myth.
This tutorial is the second in a two-part series. Click HERE to launch Part One.
Light and Darkness in Two Artistic Mediums:
Study the poem “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickinson and view the painting The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh to explain how each medium represents the subjects of light and darkness similarly and differently, as you complete this interactive tutorial.
Culture and Point of View in "The Overcoat" – Part One:
Learn multiple points of view in the story "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol. In this two-part interactive tutorial, you’ll study excerpts from this story set in 19th century St. Petersburg, Russia. By the end of this tutorial series, you should be able to explain how the multiple points of view within the story allows readers to observe the culture of this society from multiple angles.
Make sure to complete both parts of this series! Click here to launch Part Two.
Analyzing Word Choices in Poe's "The Raven" -- Part Two:
Practice analyzing word choices in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, including word meanings, subtle differences between words with similar meanings, and emotions connected to specific words. In this interactive tutorial, you will also analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of the poem.
This is Part Two of a two-part series. Part One should be completed before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to open Part One.
Analyzing Word Choices in Poe's "The Raven" -- Part One:
Practice analyzing word choices in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe in this interactive tutorial. In this tutorial, you will examine word meanings, examine subtle differences between words with similar meanings, and think about emotions connected to specific words. You will also analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of the poem.
This tutorial is Part One of a two-part series on Poe's "The Raven." Click HERE to open Part Two.
Analyzing Rhetoric in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird:
Analyze the use of rhetoric in a courtroom speech from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In this interactive tutorial, we'll break down each of its parts to understand why it was so powerful and how the content of the text contributed to its purpose and persuasiveness.
Scout Learns Life Lessons: Analyzing How a Character Develops Themes:
Examine some of the various topics and themes present in the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read excerpts from the novel and examine the development of the main character, Scout. You'll analyze how her words and actions help develop the important themes of the novel. You'll wrap up the tutorial by creating your own theme statement based on the text.
Figure it Out! :
Examine the use of hyperbole and personification in the prologue of the novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. In this interactive tutorial, you'll practice identifying examples of hyperbole and personification within the text. You'll also learn how these two types of figurative language help authors convey their intended meaning.
The Literary Magic of Allusions and Archetypes:
Learn to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text, including common allusions and archetypes, with this interactive tutorial. You'll examine examples from the novel A Separate Peace and the story of Cain and Abel from the Bible.
Analyzing A Complex Character - Fahrenheit 451:
Analyze a complex character’s development in text excerpts from the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze how the main character is described and developed through his interaction with other characters.
Greek Monsters on Parade:
Learn to define the term theme and use some key literary elements such as characters, character traits, and plot to help you determine a theme. This interactive tutorial will also help you distinguish the difference between themes and topics in a work of literature and how to use topics in a story to help you determine themes. Then you'll work to determine a theme in a an excerpt from Book 12 of The Odyssey and then write a theme statement based on the evidence in the text.