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Literature - EC: L.F.2.4.1

Literature - EC: L.F.2.4.1

Continuum of Activities

Continuum of Activities

The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.

This continuum of activities offers:

  • Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
  • Questions/activities that grow in complexity
  • Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance

Grade Levels


Course, Subject

English Language Arts, Literature


  1. Identify the historical background, setting and time period of a text.

  2. Identify any relevant or important cultural issues in a text.

  3. Compare how the historical setting of a text is depicted to a nonfiction description of that setting.

  4. Identify any literary techniques and/or patterns that mark a text as significant or different from other texts.

  5. Analyze how a text portrays a particular aspect of culture.

  6. Compare and synthesize a primary document from the time period of a fictional text to a relevant theme in the text itself.

Answer Key/Rubric

  1. Students accurately define, with the help of primary documents and outside resources, the historical background, setting and time period of a text. Students recall the defining characteristics—social, cultural and political—of this setting.

  2. By making text-to-world connections, students accurately identify the use of contemporary or historic cultural issues as themes in a fiction text.

  3. Using a visual (film, photo, painting) or written (primary document, poem, other fiction) description of a historic setting, students compare the setting of a fictional text. Students observe patterns, commonalities, and primary themes and characteristics.

  4. Students observe unique, author or genre specific uses of literary techniques that set a work of fiction apart from another.  Students identify and observe noteworthy or different aspects of a narrative that distinguish the work for its literary significance.

  5. Students analyze, critique or argue how a particular cultural issue (contemporary or historic) is portrayed in a fiction text. Students observe and argue whether a text was intended to illustrate, highlight, satirize or criticize a particular cultural issue, depending on its treatment and portrayal in a text.

  6. Students compare nonfiction (documentary, speech, primary document, newspaper article) to a fictional text in order to analyze a relevant theme from the time period. Students analyze how a fictional text represents this theme, how it is explored and developed, and for what purpose.

Suggested Rubric:  This rubric may be used to assess a student’s overall mastery of the standard or eligible content.

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