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Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser

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Title:

Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser

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Content Source:

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In this lesson, students apply analytical skills to an exploration of the early Renaissance painting Death and the Miser by Hieronymous Bosch. Students sketch and label the painting, use an interactive tool to explore its elements, apply literary analysis tools to their interpretation, predict the painting's plot, and conclude the unit by creating a project that identifies and explains their interpretation of the painting.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 9
3 ) Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. [RL.9-10.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.9.3- Describe how characters interact and develop in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
3 ) Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. [RL.9-10.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.10.3- Describe how characters interact and develop in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
24 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 21-23 above.) [W.9-10.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
31 ) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.9-10.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. [SL.9-10.1a]

b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed. [SL.9-10.1b]

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions. [SL.9-10.1c]

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented. [SL.9-10.1d]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
3 ) Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed). [RL.11-12.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.11.3- Describe how characters interact and develop in a story; identify the setting of a story; identify the problem in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
22 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 19-21 above.) [W.11-12.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
29 ) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 11 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.11-12.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. [SL.11-12.1a]

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. [SL.11-12.1b]

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. [SL.11-12.1c]

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task. [SL.11-12.1d]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
3 ) Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed). [RL.11-12.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.12.3- Describe how characters interact and develop in a story; identify the setting of a story; identify the problem in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
22 ) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 19-21 above.) [W.11-12.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
29 ) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.11-12.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. [SL.11-12.1a]

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. [SL.11-12.1b]

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. [SL.11-12.1c]

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task. [SL.11-12.1d]

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 9-12
Visual Arts: Novice
12) Describe the effectiveness of expressive and meaningful communication in selected works of art.

a. Analyze the formal organization of subject matter, elements of art, and principles of design in determining structural relationships in selected works of art.

Insight Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Responding
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Process Components: Perceive, Analyze, Interpret
Essential Questions:
EU: People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
EQ: What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism? How can the viewer "read" a work of art as text? How does knowing and using visual arts vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Artistic processes
  • Traditional Media
  • Contemporary Media
  • Craftsmanship
  • Experimentation
  • Aesthetics
  • Perception
  • Scale
  • Proportion
  • Develop artistic ideas and work
  • Build upon prior knowledge
  • Explore creative art-making goals
  • Communicate ideas
  • Artists create works of art that implement the art elements and principles of design - regardless if the artwork is traditional or contemporary.
  • Artists employ technical skills and craftsmanship when creating works of art.
  • Artists act responsibly when handling of tools and materials, following safety guidelines and are conscious of the environment which they work.
  • Artists reflect and revise upon their artwork throughout the creative process.
  • Develop excellence through practice and constructive critique.
Skill Examples:
  • Research and present the ways that characteristic attributes of visual arts (choices, steps, processes, and perseverance) can be connected to other academic subjects.
  • Show how the creative process applies to all subjects, careers, and technical education, through increasing imagination and innovation.
  • Produce and analyze an arts presentation that integrates other content areas.
  • Analyze how the visual arts influence creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Explain how art impacts and reflects choices in society, such as choices involving environmental issues, family, school, community, businesses and consumers, advertisers, and cultural issues.
  • Compare specific attributes of artworks from different cultures, places, or times; then, evaluate how the artworks (or particular attributes) have shaped or influenced specific people, cultures, historical periods, or events.
  • Apply an understanding of the concepts, elements, and vocabulary of visual arts and the principles of design when analyzing and interpreting artworks.
  • Demonstrate a responding process by forming significant criteria (with particular attention to applying and justifying aesthetic criteria) when evaluating and interpreting visual artworks.
Tags: Comic Creator, Hieronymous Bosch, literary analysis, Plot Diagram, prediction, Renaissance painting Death and the Miser
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