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integrated computational thinking

ELA Design Principle 3: Conduct a mixed analysis (Activity)

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Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

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

Vocabulary

  • 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