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Literature Study Guides: Tale of Two Cities
For homeschool or the classroom: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map relevant to any reading task. Resource is designated for Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, but these materials would work for any literary text. It has links to the book, author information, and curriculum guides.
Literature Study Guide: Out of Africa
Here you will find a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, but these materials would work for any literary text, in any educational context, home or classroom. Links to Out of Africa film study guide and author information are provided.
Movie Heroes and the Heroic Journey
An exciting twist on the study of the classical hero and the heroic quest! Using film to explore modern-day tales of heroes, the resource contains complete, ready-to-use lesson plans for as many as twelve days of instruction. Throughout this mini-unit, learners discuss topics such as hero vs. celebrity, villains, and the heroic journey. They also trace elements of this genre in modern-day films, as well as in their own lives. The final creative writing task has them create a script or video.
The Newspaper Front Page
Great questions guide emergent journalists as they examine several newspapers, compose a list of the elements commonly found on the front page, and make observations about the format as well as content of this news page. The detailed plan includes a newspaper vocabulary list, worksheets, project assignment, and a project rubric. Part of a complete journalism unit.
Use this blank plot chart for any short story, novel, or play! Several lines are provided for readers to record facts during the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. A great resource for readers of many ages!
“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 instructional activity is: read and find out.
"Cask of Amontillado" by E.A. Poe Practice Test
Assign this practice test to your ninth graders reading "Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allen Poe. They examine the characters, the plot line, the mood, and different themes in the text during this 32-question quiz.
Milkweed: Problematic Situation Activity
Would I stay or would I go? Readers of Milkweed are asked to place themselves in Misha’s shoes and decide whether they would stay and help a family, or run and save themselves. The richly detailed plan includes a guided practice exercise to learn the strategy and to model appropriate behavior when discussing ethical questions. After making a choice, individuals share their decisions and detail their rationale.
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.
Classical Dramatic Structure: Resolving a Character's Conflict
How does plot drive a play? Show this 20-slide presentation to describe the different parts of a plot. Basic vocabulary terms are included like climax, turning point, rising action, and denouement. Present this resource before reading a play with your class.
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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.
Glacier Bay Seabirds
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.
What do writing and dance have in common? They both have a six-trait rubric for assessment. Just like a good story, a good dance must have a hook, beginning, middle, end, logical sequence, and a climax. Learners use a structured criterion to analyze a dance performance in detail. The discussion that follows the exercise could easily be modified to fit a lesson on assessing or analyzing a story.
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.
Video Games and Social Control
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.
Back to the Beginning!
The final exercise in a series of lessons about writing a novel, this resource focuses on how to begin a story. The directions are clear, examples are plentiful, and practice activities provide writers with several possible options. Whether they start at the beginning, start with an inciting incident, start in the middle of things, or start at the end, your writers will be well prepared to draft their novel or a narrative of any length.
Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings
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.
Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, 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!
Simple Machines IV - Levers
The principles of levers and simple machines are presented here. An easy-to-make lever is constructed by each group of scientists, and they use it to explore how this simple machine makes heavy things so much easier to lift and move. A good lab sheet is embedded in the plan, as are some terrific extension activities. Fabulous!