Lesson Plan for Russian Formalism by wanghonghx


									Lesson Plan for Russian Formalism (Lindsey, Jen, and Sasha)

Objectives: The students will be able to

   1. Know what defamiliarization is
   2. Literariness and how there is a science behind writing by the use of literary devices
   3. Know the distinction between story and plot




Methodology: Before the presentation have the Black Beauty DVD ready, the Arabian Dance
music, the story generator, and the Fantasia 1940’s video ready all in different tabs. Make sure
that the Fantasia video is loaded and can easily play. Once all of the multimedia is ready, then
start the presentation. Lindsey will start off talking about Russia before the Russian Formalists
(30 seconds), and then she will introduce the Moscow Lingusitic Circle as it is like the
founding group for Russian Formalism (2 minutes). Sasha will talk about Roman Jakobson, the
chairman of the Moscow Linguistic Circle, his biography, works, and other important facts (5
minutes). Jennifer will talk about Mikhail Bahktin, his biography, the Bahktin Circle, and talk
about his essay “Toward a Philosphy of Act” which was written in 1986 (5 Minutes). Lindsey
will briefly talk about Victor Shklovsky as she thinks he is an important factor in Russian
Formalism because of his works on deformalization, and literariness (1 minute). In the slide
following to these the students will see almost like a table of contents, and here they will see the
three “ingredients” that make Russian Formalism. These ingredients will be the same as our
objectives (15 seconds). Jen will talk about the literary devices and how it links to Russian
Formalism, and they will mention a couple of literary devices and ask the class if they know any.
They will also mention how the Formalists thought that literary devices were part of the science
in writing (8 minutes). Lindsey will make a funny comparison between two pictures, one from
the movie Animal Farm where Old Major is giving a speech, and one of Lenin at the October
Revolution in 1917. Jen will conclude the slides on Literary devices, and she will talk about how
the use of literary devices can change the way a reader understands the work. Lindsey will
mention her favourite book, The Master and Margarita, where if someone had no knowledge of
Stalin and the Soviet Union, the perception and meaning of the book would be different
compared to her view (4 minutes). Lindsey will start talking about Defamiliarization, she will
use Shklovsky’s definitions, and then ask the class, “Was there ever a time when you were like
‘oh my gosh i thought that was a___’?”( 2 minutes) We will then start the movie Black Beauty
and let it run from 7:55-11:00 (3 minutes). Lindsey will then explain why it is defamalization,
and the answer is because it isn’t “normal” or “usual” for a horse to be the narrator in the story.
She will then explain how ballet is deformalization because all it’s just dancing, but, we can
defamiliarize the work so we understand it like a story (2 minutes). The first activity will be
introduced, we will ask the class to close their eyes, put their heads down, and tell them to let
their mind go. We will put on Tchaikovsky’s Arabian Dance (3 minutes). Once the music is over
we will ask them what they dreamed of, imagined, or how they felt, and then we will crush their
dreams by saying it was just notes on a piece of paper, nothing else. Using something that was
mentioned in Times Magazine on how to understand the ballet, Lindsey will explain to them
what happened when a group of artists from Disney put together a movie called Fantasia, where
they put images to great composers such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Fantasia “Waltz of the
Flowers” on YouTube is played (5 minutes). Lindsey will finish her presentation on
defamiliarization, by also mentioning how symbolism, and how when it’s just a picture, but yet
we associate words with it without even knowing, and talking about the automatic world, and
what all these examples (Black Beauty, Ballet, Fantasia, Music, and symbols) would be (3
minutes). Sasha will then start talking about Story vs. Plot. Sasha will also talk about when
Lindsey wrote a story and talk about how she wrote the plot first (1 minute), and then the story
called The Hat, someone will read it out loud (2 minutes). The class will then point out what
they have learned from Russian Formalism as Lindsey uses forms of literary devices and
defamiliarization in her very short story ( 1 minute). The Second Activity will be using a story
generator found online and will ask the class to fill in the plot and then we will make the story as
a class (5 minutes). After this Lindsey will talk about the death of Russian Formalism because it
was killed by the Soviets (2 minutes).

Evaluation: By using the two activities we will show the class what defamiliarization is, have
them respond to the very short story, and show them the distinction between Story vs Plot by
using the story generator.

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