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To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History
The second of 10 lessons in a unit study of To Kill a Mockingbird establishes the historical and cultural context of Harper Lee's novel. The class listens to second part of an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote.
9th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Greek Mythology Version 2.0: To Be or Not to Be an Epic Hero?
Using The Odyssey in your classroom? Then this resource is for you. After listening to a reading of a portion of Book 9 of The Odyssey and watching a PowerPoint about Greek heroes, partners complete a "Think Pair Share" chart about whether Odysseus meets any of the criteria for being a Greek hero.
9th - 10th Language Arts 14 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Investigating the Harlem Renaissance
The work of Langston Hughes opens the door to research into the origin and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and how the literature of the period can be viewed as a commentary on race relations in America. In addition, groups are assigned one critical approach to use to analyze Hughes’ play, Mulatto: A Play of the Deep South.
11th - 12th Language Arts 34 Views 212 Downloads
Activities for Teaching “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
Use all of these exercises, assignments, and assessments or pick and choose your favorites for your study of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. In this resource you will find: an informational text to examine, vocabulary lists and exercises, comprehension and paraphrasing exercises, various graphic organizers, information on setting, a chance to compare literature, an activity centered around meter and rhyme scheme, an extended writing assignment about extended metaphor, a poem-writing assignment, and a quiz.
7th - 9th Language Arts 144 Views 115 Downloads
Historical Context: African-American Oral Tradition
In this African-American oral tradition worksheet, students read and learn about the vast and important history of the oral traditions that existed in the African-American culture. Students use this worksheet as a pre-reading text to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
10th - 11th Language Arts 25 Views 63 Downloads
Creating Scrolls Based on the Illustrated Tale of Genji
Now these are learning activities full of fun, art, and cultural exploration. Kids consider the art of storytelling through comic book images. They then look at the Tale of Genji as it was written in the 11th century. They discuss Japanese art and culture then create an illustrated scroll that retells the Tale of Genji with an updated twist.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Arts and Culture: Dance - Historical Background of Dances
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals from around the world.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 17 Downloads
Comedy Across the Curriculum
The New York Times Learning Network provides the resources that permit pupils to examine and then write and perform a fake news broadcast in the vein of “The Daily Show” or “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update. The generated reports should reflect the class’s knowledge of understanding of both the genre of news satire and people and topics in the news.
11th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 34 Downloads
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
Students research the social context of Elizabethan England for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". They identify cultural influences on the play focusing on the theme of revenge and then analyze and compare film interpretations of the play.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 39 Downloads
English Literature: An Overview
Relate literary works and authors to the major themes of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 20th century. Working in groups, high schoolers will evaluate period philosophy, religion, and politics that influenced characters, plots, and settings.
11th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 66 Downloads
Figures of Speech: A Midsummer Night's Dream
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
8th - 12th Language Arts 43 Views 130 Downloads
Teaching the Holocaust through Literature
Centered on the short story "The Tenth Man" by Polish Holocaust survivor Ida Fink, here is a solid one-day resource to support study of World War II or Nazi history, short stories, or to complement any ELA unit on The Diary of Anne Frank or Elie Weisel's Night.
7th - 12th Language Arts 29 Views 50 Downloads
The Trial of Hamlet
Hamlet, that is not a rat behind the curtain, it is Polonius, and now you’re on trial for his murder. Practice and develop close reading skills, discover how a trial works, and get the entire class involved in this trial. The class breaks down into groups: judge, characters, prosecution, and defense.
11th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Designed
"Et tu, Brute?" - The Characters, Conflict and Historical context of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Sixth graders analyze the Shakespearian play, "Julius Caesar" in this seven lesson unit. Through readings, hands-on projects, and the study of plot development, comparisons are made to the movie and the historical records available.
6th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
That's Moor Like It!
How do modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays relate to their original source material? Middle and high schoolers focus on Shakespeare's play Othello and its screen adaptation "O" to explore how modern film adaptations of Shakespeare have the potential to both enhance the original literature and detract from its meaning.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 91 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read
The second lesson plan of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and discussing literary elements such as imagery, tone, and personification.
6th Language Arts 67 Views 59 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Great Gatsby Historical Background Using Multi-Genre Research Project
Before beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, create a historical context of the Roaring 20s with this lesson. Set up a gallery walk with the provided PowerPoint, which features 10 topics related to the 1920s. Then begin a multi-genre research project (from Tom Romero's Writing With Passion), which asks writers to include in their project poetry, drama, interviews, letters, articles, or any other genre of writing.
11th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 127 Downloads
Arts and Culture: Music that Portrays Hardship/Suffering
Music has the power to convey messages, concepts, and feelings. Sixth graders listen to and analyze the cultural and historical context of several spirituals and working songs sung in Africa and also during the slave period in American history.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 53 Downloads