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First graders explore and ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas. They are told that you (teacher) are going to read aloud to them a book in which the author is remembering things she did when she was a child. Students listen as the teacher reads When I was Young in the Mountains aloud, straight through. They are given a copy of the BLM Listening Post.
Students write a poem that includes detailed imagery of the Sapelo Island Culture. In this poem lesson plan, students watch a movie about the Sapelo Island and how the citizens live, and then write and read their poem to others.
Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. After reading excerpts from "The Diary of Anne Frank", they discuss how two people can see the same event in different ways and write about the event in the journals from two different perspectives. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of their life and write a story of one event as a flashback.
In this reading guide, students define vocabulary and literary terms found in the articles 'OJ's Final Run' and 'Cirque du OJ'. Students also answer comprehension questions based on the reading.
Learners examine how poets and their compositions are affected by their life experiences. For this poetry analysis lesson students conduct research into the life of Emily Dickinson, analyze her poetry and create a collage to represent one of her poems.
Fifth graders read an autobiography. In this sequencing lesson, 5th graders learn the importance of putting events in chronological order. Students read about Rosa Park's and discuss the difficulty one may have when following a story with flashbacks. Students then complete a research project using the concept of chronological order.
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.
Third graders explore figurative language in Jacob Have I Loved and define what is a dream killer.
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.
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.
Fourth graders respond to a text using textual evidence to support their answers to questions. Students observe the teacher model a quick warm up on the chronological sequence of events from the passage, Leaving Home. For this literacy lesson, 4th graders determine the sequence of events from the story, Grandma's Diary. Additionally, students discuss the use of a diary. This lesson includes worksheets to go along with the lesson.
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 lesson, students mingle with their class and share a specific personal feeling with a random student. Students record their experience in their journal.
Passages from Unbroken and Farewell to Manzanar provide the context for a study of the historical themes of experiencing war, resilience during war, and understanding the lasting trauma of war. Appendices include extension activities, Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 speech, primary source accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a San Francisco Chronicle article on post-war trauma, and graphic organizers for a culminating essay. A powerful resource.
Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus provides an opportunity for class members to craft an essay in which they evaluate the literary devices used in the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. The focus here is on how Spiegelman’s choices of visual symbols and words make his story so powerful. Instructions for individual and group activities are included. Although part of a longer unit, the plan can stand alone.
In this Of Mice and Men viewing guide worksheet, students study movie terminology as they read brief descriptions and respond to 26 short answer questions as the watch the film based on Steinbeck's novel.
“I am. I think. I will.” Seek the secrets of words. Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides the text for a series of exercises that ask readers to analyze how Rand uses antimetabole, epistrophe, parallelism, and repetition to create meaning. Using the provided worksheets and graphic organizers, individuals explain the meaning of passages, analyze how Rand uses various grammatical devices to underscore her point, and then create their own examples.
Track the plot of Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying with a class discussion and timeline. Kids examine the ways the story has developed for Jefferson and for Grant, as well as how their stories have come together. Next, they predict the ending for the book in a writing assignment.
Map the most important events and turning points from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After a group discussion from the previous lesson's homework assignment, kids create a timeline to chart the important events from the novel with passages that represent each event. They then write about the structure of the novel, including multiple narrators and integrated stories, and decide if the format is effective. They finish reading the novel for homework and think about the forces that motivate each character.
Dig into any piece of fiction with a series of analysis questions. There are two levels of questions provided: basic and in-depth. The basic questions can be copied double-sided onto a single piece of paper, while the in-depth questions take up two pages per topic.
- Create a packet or reference page for middle schoolers to use as they analyze fiction; they can choose to answer one question from each section or answer all the questions as they work through a novel
- Use these questions as a teacher tool to create worksheets, writing prompts, discussion topics, projects, and more