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Learners explore the English language of the 1800's. In this history of language cross-curriculum lesson plan, students examine the Declaration of Independence and other written documents from colonial times and select unfamiliar vocabulary, phrases, or idioms to interpret. Learners work in groups to research the meanings of these phrases. Students initiate correspondence based on the history of the English language with a "keypal" in a different state.
How have inventions and events changed the English language? Learners create posters showing specific words and language changes that resulted from an event, discovery, or cultural change. The class develops their vocabulary by discussing technological and scientific events and their impact on the English language.
Seventh and eighth graders identify figurative language in children's poetry and create their own to post to a class wiki. They search a library web browser for children's poetry, read several poems, and identify simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and puns. Finally, they create their own poems and identify the figurative language in classmates' poetry to analyze its effects.
Identify and analyze the use of figurative language used in select pieces of writing. These pieces of literature will represent at least two pieces by one writer and at least two pieces by different writers. This instructional activity would be a great way to reinforce citing textual evidence to demonstrate understanding.
Explore expository writing and using precise language in this descriptive paragraph writing instructional activity. Learners brainstorm prior knowledge about the changing seasons in Ohio. They describe seasonal items, view seasonal pictures from clipart, and complete a Changing Seasons graphic organizer. Afterward, they craft a paragraph using this information, and use the provided rubric to evaluate their writing.
This language learning lesson presents several different reading and writing techniques to expand your learner's English knowledge. Young writers complete mini writing lessons while developing comfort in a writing environment. Included are links to great resources designed especially for English Language Learners.
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language.
Idioms can be really confusing for kids, let alone kids learning English! They use the Visual Thesaurus to assist them in figuring out the meanings of some common English language idioms. They create visual images to present their assigned idioms to the class, demonstrating how idioms can be interpreted both figuratively and literally. Tip: This lesson plan could be used in any English class.