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A 'Brief, Urgent Message': Theme in Slaughterhouse-Five

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A 'Brief, Urgent Message': Theme in Slaughterhouse-Five

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In Slaughterhouse-Five, author Kurt Vonnegut describes Tralfamadorian literature as "brief, urgent message[s]—describing a situation, a scene"; when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep" (111-112). Students use this literary perspective to analyze passages from Slaughterhouse-Five and then apply that perspective by creating a compilation album, CD cover, and liner notes that demonstrate their interpretation, understanding, and evaluation of the themes and ideas in the novel.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
2 ) Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. [RL.9-10.2]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.9.2- Determine a theme or central idea. Identify how the theme develops throughout a text citing specific details; create an objective summary of a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
9 ) By the end of Grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the Grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.9-10.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
2 ) Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. [RL.9-10.2]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.10.2- Determine a theme and identify how the theme develops throughout a text, citing specific details; create an objective summary of a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
6 ) Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). [RL.11-12.6]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 6: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Cognitive Target::
Consider text(s) critically to analyze the point of view used by the author.
NAEP Descriptor::
Integrate information to explain a change in story character's perspective.

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize paraphrase of story character's feelings.

NAEP Descriptor::
Explain author's use of story element to convey character's feeling. (Full Comprehension)

NAEP Descriptor::
Interpret story description to explain character's action.

NAEP Descriptor::
Explain difference between two characters' points of view.

NAEP Descriptor::
Explain author's use of setting to reveal character with support example.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
9 ) By the end of Grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the Grades 11-College and Career Readiness (CCR) text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.11-12.10]

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