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Applying Real-World Research to Support Literary Themes – Solving Fictional Problems with Real-World Solutions

I can:
  • Identify multiple themes in a literary work

  • Consider real-world solutions to conflicts in works of fiction

  • Use databases and search engines to locate quality research

  • Use an infographic as a means to share research

  • Use MLA format

Tech Skills:
  • Keyboarding

  • Keyword searches

  • MLA documentation

  • Uploading, attaching documents, formatting

Materials and Resources:
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (this is appropriate for any work of fiction)

  • INFOhio - ISearch

  • Google/Wikipedia/Bing - any internet search engine

  • MLA Documentation Guide - Online or via OWL @ Purdue

  • (or other infographic programs)

Grade Level:
  • 7th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • ELA


Activity 1

After reading The Metamorphosis (or any other work of fiction) students will discuss the main conflicts of the text as well as thematic elements of the work. Students will work in groups of 2-4.

  • Each group will be assigned a theme from the text and brainstorm the conflict(s) the protagonist dealt with in relation to that theme. 

  • After brainstorming, each group will share their discussion with the class. 

  • (Think-Pair-Share) Students will work independently to suggest possible real world resolutions that would have eliminated or solved the conflict(s). 

  • Students will record their lists either on a Google Doc to allow all students access to the information. Create a Google doc and give students the link so they can record information in a collaborative document. (Padlet and discussion boards could be used as well)


Activity 2

Each student will then choose a resolution and use INFOhio and internet search engines to identify real-life solutions for the protagonists’ problems. The purpose of the research is to create an infographic that provides the protagonist with a guide for solving his/her problems.


Activity 3

Planning the layout of the Infographic. Students will plan the layout of their infographic. The required elements of the plan are:

  • Thesis statement (what is the infographic about)

  • Title - brief, but catchy; embodies the content

  • Images - minimum of 6 images that relate to the research findings; these images should “tell the story” - they are a visual representation of the written information

  • Captions/Text - students are challenged to provide minimal text, thus allowing the images to tell the story. Captions should be brief (no more than 10 words), and overall the text should be minimal (less than 100 words total)

  • Citations - Students will be required to cite their sources


Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. .

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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