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Buckle Down: Lesson 11-Literary Devices
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 20 multiple choice and short answer questions based on the literary elements of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Holes: Chapter 6 and 7
In this literature skills worksheet, students review the use of flashbacks in the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Students study the map of Latvia and the map of the Asian Continent. Students then answer the questions about setting and perseverance.
Third graders explore figurative language in Jacob Have I Loved and define what is a dream killer.
Four Steps to Literary Analysis
Ninth graders discover and practice The Four Steps of Literary Analysis. In pairs, they analyze two literary elements and prepare a Power Point presentation about them. They each write an essay on a novel using the ideas each group shared.
Personification in Fables
Fifth graders define personification. They give examples following this lesson. Students identify elements of fiction and nonfiction and support by referencing the text to determine the plot development, author's choice of words and use of figurative language (personification, flashback) and tone.
Student practice using the element of flashback. In this flashback lesson, students first discuss how this element is used and how it adds to a story. They complete their own creative writing piece and include a flashback scene.
Students share and express feelings in order to build a sense of class community. They participate in an activity entitled Mill and Mingle.
Students investigate feelings with their class. In this feelings activity, students mingle with their class and share a specific personal feeling with a random student. Students record their experience in their journal.
Poetry from prose: A different kind of "book report"
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore. They write, collaborate, revise, and submit their creation to the instructor. Modification can be made to have your middle schoolers create a visual representation of their theme or, instead of a written assessment, the class can present their findings through a poetry slam.
Because of Winn-Dixie
Readers analyze an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie. They read silently, and then hear it read aloud. Definitions for underlined vocabulary words are in the margin, and other potentially difficult words are in bold. A discussion aspect has readers collaborating ideas, and encourages text citation when addressing a topic. Finally, learners complete a writing task to synthesize the instructional activity. Writing prompts are available.
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
“Still I Rise,” is the focus of a two-day exercise that asks learners to trace the development of the theme of emotional opposites (hopelessness/rising above adversity) by highlighting details in Maya Angelou’s poem. They then craft their own antonym poem of negative and positive emotions (left out/chosen, ugly/beautiful) that shows how they feel. Links to the poem and a short biography of Angelou are included.
Issues: We've All Got Them: Language Arts/ Visual Arts Integration
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the lesson as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included.
Study Guide for Where the Red Fern Grows
One of the best fourth grade books of all time is Where the Red Fern Grows. Provide your class with interesting background on the book and the author as well as worksheets for every five chapters of the novel. The first part of the guide provides information you can use and share with the class, and the second part contains graphic organizers, comprehension questions, activities, and vocabulary that will carry you through the entire book. Just print and copy what you need from this great 22-page resource.
The Second Industrial Revolution: Inventions and Innovations that Changed the World
Flashback to the time just before the turn of the century. The industrial revolution was in full swing, but why? Investigate key innovations and inventions that made it all possible. Covered are things like, steel, steam, oil, railroads, cars, communication, and airplanes. Tip: Have learners investigate the impact of each invention.
College Bound: Moving Out!
Here's a real life research project that should get those upper graders excited! They conduct research into everything they'll need to know before moving out on their own. They compare university tuition, housing, textbooks, living arrangements, leases, credit card offers, and financial aid packages. This lesson is top-notch, and it offers essay tips, financial aid links, and motivational speech links.
Thematic and organizational patterns in McLaurin's "The Rite Time of Night"
Discover how authors design narrative and thematic structure with these practice activities for McLaurin’s “The Rite Time of Night.” Learners are encouraged to track repeating patterns such as references to nature or types of conflicts experienced by the characters in the story, and annotate them by color. From their findings, pupils can create their own story with a narrative structure similar to structures used by a professional.
Can You Feel the Thunder?
Discuss disability awareness and acceptance of people who are different with this resource. After reading the story, Can You Feel the Thunder? by Lynn E. McElfresh, learners talk about metaphors, answer cause and effect questions, and summarize the story.
Writing a Personal Narrative
What is the difference between a news story and a personal narrative? This plan has learners write a personal narrative using the topic of service projects in their community. Consider completing a cross-curricular extension by bringing in a speaker or sketching scenes to accompany the narrative.
Creating found poetry from picture books
Poetry is everywhere even when it is found in the words of picture books designed for young children. Your young poets continue their development in using and identifying literary devices, and the basic elements of story as they read and explore the words in storytelling. The first lesson demonstrates how to find poetry in picture books and progresses into small group collaboration where they search for the literary elements that create found poetry. The lesson concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.
Learn new words using context
Spend a productive hour in the classroom as your scholars develop their context clues skills by working with short newspaper or magazine articles. The exercise introduces these skills and allows time to practice and discuss the strategies that need to be taken in identifying the context of words in question. Practice begins with articles that are provided by the teacher and learners practice the newly learned context procedure. Modify the lesson with short fiction pieces and practice context clues in other genres of writing.