I’m working on adapting some lessons and goals for my ENG4U e-learning course. I’ve usually taught this course F2F only, so I’m working on new instructional strategies for my literary criticism unit.
Here’s some scratchings:
Backward Design- ENG4U-Literary Criticism
Stage 1: Students should be able to identify and apply different theories in literary criticism, e.g. Marxism, Feminism, Historical, Psychological, Archetypal.
In regular speak: Students should know these theories, and be able to analyse a piece of art, poetry or any text using one of these theories.
They need to know what sort of questions to ask when using these theories, eg–What would a feminist critic ask about a work? There are lists of questions to share with the students, and they can also generate their own questions.
Stage 2: Students should be able to categorize these theories. I should be able to give them a generic story or film and a lens, and they should be able to ask the right questions. If I give the students the story, The Three Little Pigs, they will be able to choose a lens and write a detailed analysis using that lens. They should be able to ask 5-7 key questions and expand on their ideas.
A specific set of goals would be:
- Read text and interact with it.
- Ask 5-7 questions about the text using a literary model, and be able to do this with all models
- Communicate these ideas in writing or speaking.
Assessment continuum:Students start off becoming experts in one theory, and then become experts with others. They can teach the class a theory.
Stage 3: Ideas for instruction online
- Post 3 pieces of art and divide students into literary teams. Each team posts pieces of analysis of their theory for each picture.
- Students teach each other theories. Students create a video or a presentation about their assigned theory and demonstrate it using pop culture messages.
- Students read stories and poems and write essays or reports. They post these and have other students peer edit them.
- Students watch video clips from Shrek and identify the archetypes present.
- Students create a Padlet or Lino together (collaboratively), posting questions a particular theorist would ask: What would feminist criticism say about Lady Macbeth’s character?
Does anyone have any other suggestions? My night school e-learning course begins on Tuesday. I’d like to make it awesome.
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