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High schoolers create four short-short stories by working through task stations. In this story writing lesson, students work in groups in which each member has a specific task. Each story must contain the essential elements brainstormed by the class. High schoolers use photos from each task station to inspire them as they create their stories.
Explore the mystery and macabre genres. Writing as Edgar Allen Poe, pupils complete a diary entry comparing the song Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne to the story The Tell Tale Heart. The class discusses vocabulary words associated with the story and read part of The Tell Tale Heart aloud.
"Well there's more and more people, what do they know?" Help your class connect their lives with history and literature using this resource, which guides them through the lyrics of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." Using the images in the song, they can connect events from history or literature to the lyrics in a Six-Trait Writing activity. A complete, step-by-step plan is linked within the activity.
Geared toward Romeo and Juliet, the teaching tools included in this resource are designed to support student-centered literature study, at home or in the classroom. Although labeled for Shakespeare's play, the activities could be used with any text. Included are graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading agenda, plot flow chart, and character map. Links are provided to the complete text and other study guides.
Teaching tools for homeschoolers support student-centered literature study. Aimed at readers of the biography Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton, but useful with any text, the materials are widely applicable: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading agenda, plot flow chart, and character map. Includes link to a complete classroom-oriented lesson plan as well.
Chart the progress and understanding of homeschool learners and independent readers with the multiple activities provided in this study guide. The generic nature of this resource makes it usable with any narrative but does not provide any guidance for reading Salinger’s tale of teenage angst.
These teaching tools for homeschoolers support student-centered literature study. (I'd use them in my classroom.) Aimed at Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, but useful with any text, the materials are widely applicable: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading agenda, plot flow chart, and character map. Links to the text and additional study guides don't work.
Challenge your literary analysts with this test review sheet. Learners identify rhetorical devices and parallel structure in addition to defining literary devices and vocabulary. While there is no test included, this could be used as a guide to create a test or unit on the provided list of poems and stories, which includes "The Gettysburg Address," "O Captain! My Captain!," "I Have a Dream," and more.
Readers are asked to locate and identify various literary devices in The Wreck of the Hesperus, Longfellow’s recounting of the events at Norman’s Reef in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Consider extending the lesson by asking your pupils how these devices are used to construct the picture of this arrogant captain and to make a statement about his losing battle with the elements. Save us all from a death like this.
Why is Joe's visit in chapter 27 so awkward? As your class reads the selection, have them complete this reading guide. First, they complete some plot-related questions. Then, on the second page, they learn new vocabulary words. The words included are blundering, exasperate, loiter, confound, keen, and render.
What do you need to write an effective and engaging story? Teach your class the elements of a short story and send them off to write their own! The slide show will start your class off with a solid understanding of the vocabulary and terminology related to plot and story. Some sound effects are distracting. The link to the WebQuest at the end does not function properly.
A lesson on the literary elements necessary for a story, this energetic slide show might be just what you are looking for! Cover the following terms: foreshadowing, protagonist, conflict, characters, setting, climax, setting, point of view, and antagonist. There are many sound effects; some are effective and others are distracting.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and recreate a grander, more appropriate Golden Spike ceremony.
Useful in an Of Mice and Men unit, or in a unit that focuses on descriptive writing, this lesson plan prompts young authors to impersonate John Steinbeck's writing style in the opening passages of the novel. A Six Trait writing activity guides them through the process of mimicking the sentence structure, all the way into writing their own descriptive essay about a place they know. The lesson plan provides models and rough draft guidelines.
Patricia MacLachlan's novel Sarah, Plain and Tall serves as an excellent tool for examining point of view. During reading, the class thinks about how characters feel. Just before the climax of the novel, they write friendly letters to Sarah from the point of view of Anna or Caleb. A rubric, sample letter, and optional extension activities appear at the end of this resource.