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Students complete a survey to explore the popularity of Harry Potter books.  In this literature and controversy lesson, students examine why certain books are controversial or popular. Students write original plays about their favorite Harry Potter book.
When do you need quotation marks? Do they go inside of a period or outside? Hone your class's punctuation skills with this four-page practice packet. Page one lists several rules and examples, while the last three pages contain practice opportunities. 
Second graders create dialogue for a comic strip using context clues to match the text to the pictures. They use comic blanks imbedded in this lesson. They write dialogue for each frame. Remind them to use the picture clues when writing their dialogue.
Learners examine the methods of effective characterization. In this writing skills lesson, students discuss how emotions, dialogue, actions, and physical descriptions build believable characters. Learners then use the methods of characterization in their own writing.
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.
Students identify geographical features of different regions encountered by migrants on the Oregon trail. Students research how the Oregon landscape may have affected life and 19th century westward migration. Students write a narrative essay from the perspective of a migrant traveling through a specific assigned region and time period on the Oregon trail as their setting, focusing on the proper use of dialogue and transition words, and utilizing the steps of the writing process.
Young scholars take the sides of Patriots or Tories. For this colonial American lesson, students read primary sources that feature James Murray and Captain Jones. Young scholars then write dialogues and limericks based on a fictional meeting of the 2 men.
Students participate in a variety of shared reading and writing activities related to the book "The Selfish Crocodile" and "The Great Chase." They discuss how the author establishes the crocodile's character, define "selfish," and write sentences describing the mouse when he creeps into the crocodile's mouth.
Find creative ways to teach Salinger's stories by focusing on dialogue, cultural context, and characterization.
Young scholars write dialogue. In this character development lesson students use direct or indirect speech to include a confrontation between two characters in their story. Young scholars portray the emotions of the characters in addition to what they are saying.
Students practice their fluency skills. In this fluency lesson, students read aloud stories to their peers and they help to coach one another on their fluency, pronunciation, phrasing, and inflection. They discuss what makes a good reader enjoyable to listen to and easy to understand. 
Writers explore vocabulary and expressions used in the English language. They use visual word maps to become aware of the different uses of words which will allow them to more readily interpret texts. Then they listen to/read excerpts from The Catcher in the Rye and analyze slang terminology. To adapt for younger audiences, select a grade-appropriate text.
Students investigate the Middle Ages and it's relation to the theater.  For this acting lesson, students read Arthurian stories form the Middle Ages and practice using vocabulary words from the Medieval Times.  Students write a play set in the era and act it out in front of their classmates.
Students explain reducing, recycling and reusing. In this science/ arts lesson, students create a commercial and display a backdrop made out of recycled goods. Additionally, students write written responses to writing prompts. 
Review literary analysis techniques with this reading lesson about folktale writing. Middle schoolers read different folktales from many authors, and write their own folktales to share with the class. They identify the plot, morals and characters in their story. Focus on dialogue and its importance to address Common Core Standards.
From British accents to Texan drawls, a character's dialect can be an important part of the reading experience. A Six-Trait writing activity guides learners through the analysis of a character's dialect (Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, which could be part of your unit or not), and then they work on their own dialogue sentences. The exercise is meant to be repeated throughout the year, inspiring the writing of varying and creative stories.
Second graders role-play various situations in which they use verbal and non-verbal communication.
Students identify the basic components of male and female Roman costume, both for children and adults and also, the major social ranks of Imperial Rome and the dress reserved for each gender and rank. They also identify some of the activities considered appropriate for each gender and rank and the appropriate Latin names for clothing and accessories.
Ninth graders analyze poetry. In this poetry instructional activity, 9th graders listen to a podcast of Les Murray reading the poem "The Tin Wash Dish." Students analyze the poem and discuss how poverty is personified in the poem. Students compile images that could be shown on a screen while the poem is being performed.
Students examine and practice different types of interpersonal communication. They encounter how to greet people and say good-by in interpreting formal and informal settings (with proper vocabulary).

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