This formative helps students explore thematic ideas such as bullying, social status, and stereotyping.
For the Birds: Watch this video, yet remember to make connections to the
How would you describe the birds in the animation?
Why did you answer that word for #1? What universal theme is being taught
through this movie using that word? (Remember to think general - it could apply
to multiple texts/movies/poems...)
Why were the birds so quick to disassociate themselves from the bird who looked
'different'? How does this translate into our society today?
Read this poem and answer the questions that follow:
How is diction (the use of words) used to describe the free bird versus the
caged bird? List at least four words each below. What was the author trying to
say through the use of these words? Explain.
What is the poem mainly about?
Freedom and slavery
The lives of birds
Joy and singing
The dreams of birds
In paragraph two, Einstein says that society is in danger. What is creating the
danger? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
According to Einstein, what should people and society value and do? You may
quote, but then explain in your own words.
How do the video, poem, and essay connect? Explain how they are similar and
their connections throughout. (2 paragraphs)
You have a blank canvas here: If you have time, fill this blank page with what a
perfect world would have for everyone to get along and be peaceful. Be sure to
have at least one of the following: ethos, pathos, and logos. Convince me your
world is the best world. Be school appropriate.
Why did you choose the images you placed in the above canvas? Explain how they
work together. What is your message?
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