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Cross-Genre Lesson: Exploring a Thematic Idea of Informational and Literary Texts
Let the synthesizing begin as your learners trace and explore thematic ideas through informational and literary texts that concern Ramses II and the fall of Saddam Hussein. Learners begin by examining an encyclopedia article concerning Ramses and progress to “Ozymandias” by Shelly, and an article from National Geographic of the same topic but of a different tone. Readers compare the three texts and finalize the persona of Ramses. They also develop a theme from the three texts. Learners connect the themes through a photograph of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in a Bagdad city square. From that, they analyze hubris of the leaders. Everyone in the class is challenged with argument and synthesis essays.
The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Learners analyze how wealth and status are revealed in The Great Gatsby. In this novel analysis lesson plan, students engage in textual analysis to identify the tensions in the novel depicted in the classes. Learners write a 'credo' for the secret society implied in The Great Gatsby.
Students examine the use of linguistic features in poetry by listening to poetry readings. In this language arts lesson, students listen to the poem Not Yet My Mother, and Mossbawn Sunlight. Students analyze the structure of the poems and discuss the meanings of both works with their classmates.
Helping Students Understand Text Structures: Informational Problem/solution
What does a text say? What does it do? Good readers use these questions to help them understand the structure of a problem/solution text. Model this approach by putting a copy of the included article on an overhead (or interactive white board). After completing a think-aloud in front of the class, engage learners in a guided practice activity. For independent practice, groups identify a problem and discuss two possible solutions before drafting their own problem/solution essay.
Out of the Dust -- Part II
Eighth graders discover that literature can be a great way to gather information about the past. Using various types of text, they research its historical data and determine if it is correct. They write two papers to respond to the literature they have read to end the lesson.
The Railroads and Settlement of the Great Plains
Enhance your American literature unit with this resource, in which readers access the Nebraska Studies website and read about "Railroads and Settlement." They search for a photograph of some aspect of the railroad from the Prairie Settlement, Nebraska Photographs and Letters. Additionally, they complete a worksheet and participate in class discussions of the topic.
New! Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading activity does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks. Small groups work on the questions together and all pupils must decide on the author's purpose. Also included is a set of writing assignment suggestions, which could use more detail.
Out of the Dust
Students create a poem that expresses the physical and emotional turmoil of living through the Dust Bowl. In this Out of the Dust lesson plan, students research facts about the time period and discuss the cause-effect patterns associated with that difficult time. Students compose a poem and a written response based on their research and discussion.
The Railroad Booms!
Students discover how the railroads contributed to the interdependence between farms and towns. Using the railroads, they describe the effect of them on western settlement and the relationship between their location and the availability of resources and markets. They discuss the arrival of the railroads to an area and how it helped to develop the region's farming industry.
Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 & 130
Use the ideas here for a Valentine's Day activity (or anytime you study sonnets) with your 11th graders. Demonstrate how to analyze a love poem by conducting a think aloud about Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Then small groups analyze Sonnet 130 by taking turns thinking aloud about specified couplets or quatrains while groupmates take notes. Finally, groups conduct a similar analysis of a romantic greeting card and compare its message to that of the sonnet. Two student handouts are included.
Waiting for Godot at ACT
Students examine a theatrical performance of Waiting for Godot. In this theatrical analysis lesson plan, students discuss the topic of existentialism and the Theatre of the Absurd. This lesson plan includes multiple activities to engage students in.
Why Do You Live Where You Do?
Eighth graders identify reasons why settlers bought land from the railroad and not a Homestead grant. Using that information, they compare and contrast the types of land given in each situation. They discuss the reasons why given families chose the community they did to live in.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
Effective Literary Analyses
After modeling how to write responses to literature that provide an interpretation, recognize ambiguities, nuances, and complexities, class groups are presented with short stories and/or art transparencies and asked to craft their own analysis. Individuals then draft, revise, and polish an essay that reflects an understanding of a work.
Does Art Imitate Life?
Write what you know, sound advice for any writer and something many famous authors are known to have done. Use these materials to explore how Shakespeare's life influenced his plays. This resource is packed with readings, video segments, and graphic organizers that will allow your class to gather and organize textual evidence on this subject, culminating in a written opinion piece. Although much of the resource focuses on Shakespeare and his play The Tempest, there is also a link to a website containing biographical information on a wide range of authors so you can adapt this instructional activity to the author and works of your choice. Note: See the Lesson Activities page for instructional activity procedure.
Effective Literary Analyses
Twelfth graders discuss a fictional text that they are given, they identify passages, which highlight the author's style, language naances and textual ambiguities. Pupils brainstorm possible topics for an analytical essay, they are engaged in the writing process as they develop a literary topic into an analytical essay.
Omaha Race Riot of 1919
Learners analyze primary documents and images. Students organize and evaluate the causes and results of the Omaha race riot of 1919. Learners study and recognize key personalities involved. Students relate history to certain quotes diagrammed on the board. Learners encounter graphic organizers.
The Effects of Slavery
The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this lesson plan. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence. Additionally, they perform African-American spirituals and write reflectively for the lesson plan.
Secret Life of Bees Research
The Secret Life of Bees provides high schoolers an opportunity to connect the events in the novel to events in America’s history. After choosing a topic from a provided list, individuals research how the event affected the Civil Rights Movement in this country. Directions for direct instruction, modeling, guided and independent practice, as well as activities, a template for self-assessment, and a project rubric are included.
Translating Short Stories into Original Short Films
Learners review the elements of the short story, create a script and storyboard based on a short story. They create a video of the story to present during a class film festival using both the Internet and software programs.