About This Chapter
Standard: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works, such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9)
About This Chapter
After mastering this standard, students will be able to analyze literature with regard to its influences from past literary works. The lessons in this standard cover:
- How fiction draws on themes from other works
- How fiction draws on character types from other works
- How fiction draws on patterns and events from other works
- How myths, religious works and traditional stories contribute to modern fiction
Students demonstrate mastery of this standard when providing analysis of a work of fiction either orally or in writing. They are able to describe how modern fiction can be considered new material even if it draws on past works. Mastery of this standard supports college and career readiness because being able to analyze text demonstrates strong reading comprehension skills which are often used in college and on the job.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Below are some tips on incorporating these lessons into your curriculum in order to meet the common core standards:
Identify Common Themes
Review the lesson on how fiction draws themes from other works. Ask students to read a modern work of fiction. Upon completion of the reading, lead a class discussion to determine the theme of the story. Have students read stories from the Bible or myths that have influenced the work they just read. Break students into groups and have them discuss the similarities in themes that they noticed.
Identify Character Similarities
Have the class watch the lesson on how fiction draws character types from other works. Have the students select a short story, then separate them into groups. Have each group choose a character from the story and research other works to find similarities with characters created by other authors or by the same author in different stories.
Determine Similarities in Patterns and Events
Watch the lesson on how fiction draws on patterns and events from other works. Assign students homework to read a modern short story and traditional story. Have them write down any patterns that they notice from each of the stories. Have groups reconvene to compare notes and determine the main similarities in patterns and events.
1. How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works
How do classic characters like Cinderella translate for our times? In this lesson, we'll discuss theme in literature, and you'll read about an example of how authors sometimes draw on themes from already existing works to appeal to contemporary audiences.
2. How Fiction Draws on Patterns and Events from Other Works
In this lesson, we're going to explore some common patterns and events that are found in myths, traditional stories, religious works, and modern fiction.
3. How Fiction Draws on Character Types from Other Works
In this lesson, we're going to explore how modern fiction draws character types from myths, traditional stories, and the bible. We'll look at several of these characters in their ancient and modern variations.
4. Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works
In this lesson, we're going to see how myths, traditional stories, and religious writings serve as sources for modern fiction. We'll define each of these and look at examples of modern interpretations.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 8 - Literature: Standards course
- Cite Textual Evidence: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
- Analyze Themes: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
- Analyze Dialogue: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
- Analyze Word Choice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
- Analyze Structure of a Text: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
- Analyze Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
- Analyze Elements in Different Artistic Mediums: CCSS.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7
- Literature Lessons for Grade 8: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10