LA Practice A3: Conduct a mixed analysis (Activity)< Back to Building Block
In this project, the learner will analyze A Midsummer Night’s Dream using the web application Voyant Tools, to make predictions about the text and compose a mixed literary analysis by closing reading an excerpt from the text and supporting claims with quantitative evidence. (60-90 minutes)
Adapted from the lesson Counting Characters from Tom Liam Lynch, on behalf of Mosaic Education Consulting Group, for CS4All.
By the end of this activity, learners will be able to...
- Examine text as data and how it operates in a computational system
- Mine data from a text using Voyant Tools
- Explore graphical representations generated by Voyant Tools to make predictions about a text
- Combine quantitative evidence (graphs / tables) and qualitative evidence (excerpts from text) to formulate a literary analysis question
- Abstraction: Isolating key details while ignoring the remaining elements.
- Decomposition: The process of breaking down complex problems into smaller, more manageable parts.
- Modularity: a process that completes a single task is more useful when it can be chained together with other processes to accomplish something more complex.
- Generalization: the process of grouping together component parts by general characteristics, and unnecessary details filtered out.
Materials and Resources
- Voyant Tools: https://voyant-tools.org/
- Play by scenes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1_nfA-Ygm2iTnpnNUg1OTNVSnc/view
- Full Play: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/full.html