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As your learners prepare for their next major economics assessment, or perhaps the daunting AP Economics test, these flashcards will be a great resource to have at their disposal! From fiscal policy to factor markets, this app offers hundreds of important key terms to review at their fingertips.
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The lesson ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and annotate the rest of the passage. Finally, they share their responses with the class, identifying patterns they see in the imagery and diction of the passage that signal the author’s purpose. The excerpt, worksheets, and a link to additional assessments are all included in the detailed packet.
Stephen Vincent Benet’s, “By the Waters of Babylon,” offers learners a chance to examine the difference between mood and tone. After a close reading of an excerpt from the short story, the class lists the diction and imagery that builds the sense of foreboding. Individuals use the enclosed graphic organizers to repeat the process with a second excerpt. A link to additional pre-AP style learning activities based on Benet’s post-apocalyptic story is included in the richly detailed plan that deserves a place in your curriculum library.
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.
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
Show your high school and junior high learners the importance of active and passive voice in writing, and let them get their hands dirty with the provided practice questions. Although the lesson says that the active voice is preferred, it does support that the passive voice is effective for creating specific effect in writing. Learners explore documents like the Declaration of Independence and JFK’s Inaugural Address, as well as excerpts from fictional writing. The directions are clear, and the practice is effective. There is little need for modification.
Meat eater or vegetarian? Here’s a series of activities that prepare writers for crafting a persuasive essay. Using the included worksheets, the class works together to craft arguments for and against eating meat. They discuss issues (economics, personal freedoms, safety, personal beliefs, environmental impact) and brainstorm support that could be used for either position. The packet includes a detailed plan, flow charts, and graphic organizers that can be used with any topic, and a link to a site that lists issues and resources appropriate for this type of exercise.
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short selection of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short story "The Tell Tale Heart," but reviewing this resource may help you in crafting close reading assignments for any text your class may be reading. Included also are two extended writing prompts and a revision workshop activity.
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.
“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying for. Show your class members how to analyze this famous speech. A list of questions asks them to examine Henry’s diction, syntax, figurative language, and imagery. In addition, they look at the rhetorical devices, cadence, and theme. Consider having groups examine several aspects of the speech and report their findings to the whole class. For independent practice, individuals then examine the speeches of other famous orators.
Students conduct a "one-question interview" about standardized tests. They assess two sections of a standardized test that they took or will take this year and write an article for their school newspaper that consolidates their test assessments and all their interview data.
Tenth graders debate a resolution about a planned waterfront community from the point of view of various interest groups. They have a "Town Meeting" in which members from each interest group debate their researched opinions for points. They "become" the various interest groups and design a hands-on model of a waterfront community.
Students observe demonstrations to show the solubility of gases in liquids. In this gases lesson, students discover the relationship between temperature and pressure to and how they affect the solubility of gases in liquids. Students investigate an ammonium fountain demonstration an interpret the phenomenon.
Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns and adjectives that describe themselves. They use these words to create a personal identity map to share with their classmates. Consider extending this instructional activity by having each learner write a haiku about themselves.
Students examine economic policy. In this Economics lesson, students learn about the structure of the Federal Reserve System and the functioning of the Federal Open Market Committee. The four-lesson unit consists of simulations and internet research designed to have students take on the roles of participants in a FOMC meeting.
Eighth graders create artwork inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely. In this op art lesson plan, 8th graders explore color theory and color mixing. Students create ten shapes to use in their artwork and over the course of two weeks, students mix colors and plan their artistic piece.
Created by Jim Burke, this packet contains several activities to borrow for your unit on The Odyssey. Lots of graphic organizers and strategically phrased questions require readers to ask questions, record textual evidence, and describe components of the text (character, plot, etc.).
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.
Students explore the concept of finding the area between two curves. For this finding the area between two curves lesson, students model the logos of McDonalds, Nike, and Motorola on grid paper. Students find functions to represent the logos. Students find the area between two curves of each logo by taking the integrals of the functions.