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Noting that Washington Irving's classic tale of the Headless Horseman has lately become a Halloween favorite, this lesson plan helps students explore the artistry that helped make Irving the United States' first literary master, and ponders the mystery of what happened to Ichabod Crane. Its 4 lessons seek to make students able to: (1) summarize the plot of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"; (2) adapt passages for a contemporary audience; (3) analyze the characterization of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones; and (4) offer an imaginative response to the conclusion. Intended for grades 6-8, the plan offers suggestions on preparing to teach this lesson. It also notes subject areas covered (American Fiction/Literature/Language Arts), time required to complete the lesson, skills used and taught in the lesson, and lists of the standards developed by professional associations or governments that are related to the lesson. Activities to extend the lesson and further resources conclude the lesson plan. (SR)

Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, United States Literature

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Author: National Endowment for the Humanities NFAH, Washington, DC.


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