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Literary Twists & Turns of The Twilight Zone | An ELA Course on Literary Devices

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Learn 10 English terms by watching TV?! Yes. Spend summer in The Twilight Zone exploring metaphor, irony, conflict & more. Episode discussion, vocabulary, literary analysis, creative writing challenges & lots of sci-fi --on YOUR schedule.

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Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Episode: "Eye of the Beholder"
This lesson's literary element is plot twist. The writing challenge will ask you to create an advertisement. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Episode: "To Serve Man"
This lesson's literary element is foreshadowing. The writing challenge will ask you to write a new ending. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Episode: "The Hitchhiker"
This lesson's literary element is mood. The writing challenge will ask you to change the mood for a scene. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Episode: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
This lesson's literary element is suspense. The writing challenge will ask you to create a monster. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Episode: "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street"
This lesson's literary element is metaphor. The writing challenge will ask you to analyze the side characters. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Episode: "The After Hours"
This lesson's literary element is symbolism. The writing challenge will ask you to write a narrative. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Episode: "The Midnight Sun"
This lesson's literary element is allegory. The writing challenge will ask you to write a debate. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Episode: "The Dummy"
This lesson's literary element is internal conflict. The writing challenge will ask you to create a short story. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Episode: "The Silence"
This lesson's literary element is situational irony. The writing challenge will ask you to write a sequel. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Episode: "Living Doll"
This lesson's literary element is dramatic irony. The writing challenge will ask you to update the main character. Also included: vocabulary, discussion questions, and episode analysis. This lesson also includes an extensive final exam covering the entire course, a short "end of the course" video, and a place for feedback. And...drum roll please...Your Twilight Zone tv is now complete!
  • Students will *explore literary elements which align with ELA standards *review plot points, character motives, etc. in each episode *familiarize themselves with new vocabulary & see it in context *practice writing skills (persuasive, argumentative, narrative, creative, and more) *practice supporting opinions *apply their knowledge in multiple format assessments *be exposed to classic television!
As a public middle school teacher, I used The Twilight Zone in my classes to teach literary terms, plus discuss some of the social topics posed in the episodes. The students really connected with the stories and their message, despite the show being black and white, of all things! With this class, I'm hoping to introduce a new audience to this classic show and provide a very entertaining way to learn literary terms.
Homework Offered
For each lesson, you will need to... *watch the intro video, respond to the "before you watch" question, download vocabulary list *watch assigned episode of The Twilight Zone (~30 mins) using the link provided *download and complete 10 discussion questions, then watch the video of answers *watch the lesson video on the literary element, download and complete handout of examples *complete a writing assignment and post your response (if you want to!) Feedback will be provided. *share any final thoughts on the episode!
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
-Discussion questions will gauge your understanding of the events in the episode. Try them on your own before hearing the answers. -Students will apply their understanding of the literary elements using the handouts provided. -I will be providing feedback on the writing activities for those who wish to share--as well as any of the other handouts. -At the end of the course, there will be several Kahoot quizzes for you to try. -A final exam will be available in the last lesson.
Grades Offered
-While I will be offering feedback throughout the course on anything you post, the only component with an official score is the final exam. -Once you've completed all the lessons, your Twilight Zone TV will be full of the characters we've met along the way. Consider this document your certificate of completion. Display it proudly. You've earned it.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Each lesson will include 4 handouts, but printing them out is not required. Students may share answers directly in the classroom as a comment if preferred.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
*All Twilight Zone episodes are rated PG. Common Sense Media rates it age 10+. The episodes used in this class do contain mild language, mild violence, drinking, and smoking (and I mean, like, EVERYONE smoked back then). If you would like to preview any of the episodes, please reach out for links.

You can also read this Parent Guide from imdb.com: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052520/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

*The age range for this class is a suggestion. If your learner is outside of this range, feel free to sign up anyway!

CCSS in greater detail:
Reading Literature
RL: 1-6
Key Ideas and details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text  (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Writing
W: 1-3
Text types and Purposes
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Speaking and Listening
SL: 1-3
Comprehension and Collaboration
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Language
L: 3 & 5
Conventions of Standard English
3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary acquisition and Use
5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
All Twilight Zone episodes for this class are available for free to stream on Pluto TV (pluto.tv). I will provide links for the specific episodes, or you can search for the titles. There is no account or sign-up required, but there are advertisements throughout the video. Your local library may have DVD copies available.

I'll be linking to Pluto TV, but the show is also streaming here--as of May 2024:
Freevee (free)
Amazon Prime Video (free)
Paramount+ (subscription required)
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