Education Technology

NCTE: Walking in Other's Shoes

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Working in groups of four, students will analyze their notes and find connections between the four texts before writing a skit in which a major character or personality from each text meet and interact.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Divide the class into small groups of four students. Make copies of the Student Work Sheet: "Making Connections Between Texts," and give a copy to each student in class. The students will use this handout to analyze and organize the notes they recorded in NoteFolio files in Activity 1. Give students at least one class period to work on this sub-activity.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck and NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Draw on a broad base of knowledge about the universal themes of literature such as initiation, love and duty, heroism, illusion and reality, salvation, death and rebirth, and explain how these themes are developed in a particular work of literature.
  • Develop, explain, and defend interpretations of complex literary works.
  • Examine, explain, and evaluate, orally and in writing, various perspectives concerning individual, community, national, and world issues reflected in literary and nonliterary texts.
  • Write creative fiction that includes an authentic setting, discernible tone, coherent plot, distinct characters, effective detail, believable dialogue, and reasonable resolution of conflict.
  • Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation.
  • Interpret literary works orally.
  • Speak fluently with varied inflection and effective eye contact, enunciating clearly at an appropriate rate and volume.
  • Evaluate the effects of different types of language, such as literary and technical, formal and informal, in communications designed to narrate, inform, explain, persuade, and entertain.
  • Evaluate the use of standard American English in public contexts, such as school and work.
  • Evaluate the choice of words, expressions, and style considering the purpose and context of a communication.
  • Develop various media products to inform or entertain others in school or the community.
  • After the Activity

    Student groups should practice their skits. Remind groups to review the Skit Performance Rubric sometime during this practice period. Give students one class period to work on this activity.