Education Technology

NCTE: Exploring Foreshadowing

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will be introduced to (or review) the term foreshadowing. Using the set of criteria provided in this activity, the teacher will lead the class in analyzing foreshadowing in a well-known work.

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 NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

The teacher should decide ahead of time whether to have the students take notes on the video while watching it, or whether the class should use the file to record the class analysis of foreshadowing after the analysis is completed. Note that this initial group exercise prepares the students for the next activity where they will use the same process collaboratively.

During the Activity

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


  • Students will:
  • Comprehend foreshadowing in literary works and works of popular culture.
  • Analyze a short story to identify foreshadowing.
  • Develop their own ideas of foreshadowing for a story.
  • Identify and evaluate the literary element of foreshadowing in professional models and peer writing.
  • After the Activity

    Near the end of the class period, the teacher should summarize the process used to analyze foreshadowing in a work. Ask the class if they have any questions, then advise the students that they will be applying the skills practiced in this activity in the next activity.