Activity - "Presenting the Academic Awards for Literature"
by Connie Casserly
Hook into students' Academy Awards enthusiasm with the Academic Awards for Literature. For this activity, the students' must choose the best literature, from both fiction and non-fiction, from the books that they have read since last March-assigned and independent-for this year’s awards.
The categories for the awards are based on the Elements of Literature (characters, settings, plots/conflicts, symbols, themes and point of views).
The criteria for Fiction and Non-fiction offers students points to ponder for each element of literature as they consider how to explain the who, what, where, when and why behind their choices.
Example: Characters (Types of characters are in the parentheses): Does the character grow and change (dynamic), show different sides to his/her personality (round), stay one-dimensional in his/her personality (flat) or show no mental/emotional and/or spiritual growth (static)? Is the character: major, minor, the protagonist or the antagonist? Are the characters believable and or sympathetic? Do you care what happens to them?
After they choose their recipients for each award, students are to fill in the certificates. Here are a few of the twenty categories
•Best Fictional Female Character
•Best Fictional Male Character
•Best Supporting Fictional Female Character
•Best Supporting Fictional Male Character
•Best Non- Fictional Female Character
•Best Non-Fictional Male Character
The Teacher Notes page lists the Common Core Standards that pertain to this activity as well as the Bloom's Taxonomy terms students will utilize.
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