THE SAMARITAN - short story, moral message, point of view, pronouns

BASIC INFORMATION
Summary:
Using Richard Harper's "The Samaritan" to review pronouns and illustrate the importance of character point of view and moral message of a short story. Writing an original POV of a character in the story.
Grade/Level:
7
Time Frame:
One class period, 85 minutes
Subject(s):
Language Arts (English)
Topic(s):
Short Story, Moral Message, Point of View, Pronouns
Notes:

STANDARDS AND LEARNING OBJECTIVE
Standards:

Lesson Objective(s):
Students learn the conventions of a short story, allusions, and the role of a moral message in a story.
Students learn the importance of point of view
ASSESSMENT
Formative/Summative Assessments:
Lesson Project due at end of class, or potentially the next day or two. Choose from one of three:
1. Rewrite the thoughts and dialogues of one of the Aliens using 1st person from his perspective in a few paragraphs
2. Draw a storyboard/comic strip/illustrations of the Aliens’s story leading up to and including the events we read
3. Write a few journal entries of one or more characters that take place before, during, and/or after what we read.

ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS
I. Intro/Prepare
A . What is science-fiction vs. fantasy?
- genre elements, including moral messages (3-5 min) (examples on The Samaritan Power Point)
B. What are pronouns? (Pronoun Power Point slide) (3-5 min)
C. Point of view (POV) review on POV Power Point (3-5 min)
II. Reading
A. Pop-corn reading (or 1 paragraph per person, down rows) (25 min)
B. Reflecting/Discussing while we read? (only if time will allow)- summarizing sections, asking: Why did he do this? Why do you think they feel that?
III. Reflect
A. Think – write about if the captain made the right choice and why; 1 to 2 paragraphs (2-4 min)
B. Pair – with a partner explain what you each wrote and why - notice what you had in common and what was different (2-4 min)
C. Share – with the class, each group states what they thought and why, and what they had that was similar and different from their partner (10-15 min, 1-2 min per group)
IV. Discuss (8-10 min)
A. What would you have done if you were the captain? The aliens? The crew?
B. What is similar and/or different about these different points of view?
C. What are the moral messages?
- Do they have to do with fate? charity? sacrifice?
D. Do the moral messages change with the shift in perspective? – hope? loyalty? salvation?

ASSIGN P.O.V. PROJECT AND LET THEM WORK ON IT FOR REMAINING TIME. DUE AT THE END OF CLASS OR NEXT DAY