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“Rikki-tikki-tavi” provides an opportunity to model for readers how to use background information to enrich understanding of a story. Class members observe animal behavior, listen to biographical background on Rudyard Kipling, study vocabulary words, and examine pictures of cobras, mongeese, and muskrats. Finally, they read the story. The motto for this lesson plan is: read and find out.
Before introducing your class to a play, discuss what a drama is, its structure, and some key elements. There are two main types of plays, tragedies and comedies. While the presentation focuses on identifying each type, consider offering some actual examples (Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, etc.). Practice opportunities are woven throughout the show to assess your class.
Provided here is a packet of worksheets to accompany The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. To start, readers research words commonly associated with the time period. Then, a list of 30 tough vocabulary words are listed (including elegiac, marquees, and decorously). Several pages of study questions cover all seven scenes of the play, and graphic organizers help readers track specific symbols through the story.
A gorgeous collection of photographs take viewers on a virtual tour or Glacier Bay National Park with a focus on the seabirds living in the area. Adaptations to the polar climate are highlighted, different species of birds are displayed, and even the relation to the local Tlingit tribes is discussed. Because the slides are text-heavy, this would be most suitable to high school ecologists. Perhaps they could examine it as homework, and then you could hold a discussion in class.
Give confident and reluctant writers an opportunity to engage their skills in diction and storytelling with this resource. The activity encourages the use of the right word that is rich, colorful, and precise, which helps create enlightening stories that are shared by the creators. The prompts are provided and are easily adaptable.
Pair an activity on plot structure with any short story, novel, or narrative writing unit. After studying the five plot points of a story (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution), eighth graders identify which parts of the story fall on the plot line. Useful as an individual assignment, or as a class activity.
Students examine the importance of respect, for themselves and others, through reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this respect in language arts instructional activity, students record unknown vocabulary they encounter while reading, then look up definitions and synonyms. Students will also complete journal entries on given topics and participate in sharing circles.
Students create a cooperative carousel and a creative project on the idea that each person has an impact on others. For this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students participate in a sharing circle to discuss the importance of the choices a person makes and the effect on those around him/her. Students keep lexicon study cards, a journal and a learning log.
Tenth graders create learning logs based on their understanding of community after reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this circle justice lesson, 10th graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the characters, plot, vocabulary, and impressions of the novel. Students also complete a creative project that requires them to make their own Native American artwork.
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Middle schoolers in particular will benefit from this simple presentation. Forty slides cover story elements like the protagonist, antagonist, and setting, and literary devices are also included. Some examples are given, but for the most part the slides are pretty blank, housing just the term and the definition.
Can technology can be addictive? After viewing a short video called "Play," class members consider this questions, gather data on types and amount of time people spend on various technology, and draw conclusions from the information gathered. The final discussion centers on the question of video games and social control.
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process instructional activity, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
Unlike the mighty Casey, you can hit a home run with this worksheet that uses Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” as a model of a narrative poem. Young fans must identify the characters, the time and place, the sequence of events in the poem, the problem that sets up the climax, and the lines of the poem that present the climax itself. Ask a brave player to sing this Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888.
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.