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Teach your class the basics of narrative writing! The resource first describes the Common Core standard for narrative writing in-depth, and then moves into how to apply the standard. Show your class the example essay and quiz them briefly before moving on to explain their writing assignment. While an assignment is not included, you could easily figure one out by reading through the example and quiz.
Elements of a Fable
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a fable. This collaborative work as a class should prepare your class for the next creative step: writing and performing their own fable! This resource is great because in addition to an easy-to-follow lesson plan, it provides all the worksheets, graphic organizers, and rubrics middle schoolers need to feel supported. Note: You will need to provide fables for your class to work with, as this resource only contains the one.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
This comprehensive and detailed resource offers a solid set of ideas for exposing early high school readers to the complexity of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. The lessons offer strong pre-reading discussion questions, effective activities for analysis, close reading practice, and recognition of basic elements of story, and possible symbols. The instructor is offered multiple options for assessment that explore Kafka’s purpose in writing The Metamorphosis, and his use of complex literary devices.
Graphs of the Heart
Students study Greek literature. In this Greek tragedies lesson, students explore the dance-dramas of Martha Graham. Students study the choreography that brings ancient Greek literature to life.
Teaching History and Culture Through Literature: One Thousand Chestnut Trees
Ninth graders explore contemporary Korea, as well as pre-war Korea. They do this by reading One Thousand Chestnut Trees. After reading, they participate in classroom discussions about excerpts from the novel. They also research historical and cultural topics related to the novel.
Lesson One: Exploration of The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
What is a graphic novel? How does it differ from a traditional novel? These questions launch a discussion of Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo's graphic novel adaptation of The Kite Runner. Through a series of literature circle discussions, readers are encouraged to make personal connections to Hosseini's tale, to develop questions, and to consider how the visuals impact their response to the novel.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Section 4
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a wonderful book to explore with your high schoolers. Assign the reading of Section 4 at home, and provide your class with this guide. The first 10 questions are simple recall questions, while the last three focus on a deeper understanding of the text. Tie-in the Common Core State Standards by having readers use specific textual evidence to answer the questions.
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual dialect and Standard English. By using shorter sections of text, this instructional activity could also work with lower grades.
Back to the Beginning!
The final exercise in a series of lessons about writing a novel, this resource focuses on how to begin a story. The directions are clear, examples are plentiful, and practice activities provide writers with several possible options. Whether they start at the beginning, start with an inciting incident, start in the middle of things, or start at the end, your writers will be well prepared to draft their novel or a narrative of any length.
Birds of a feather, an interdisciplinary unit: Language Arts wing
If a blue jay could talk, what would it say? Find out by reading Mark Twain's "Jim Baker's Blue-jay Yarn" with your class. Make sure to discuss dialect beforehand and adopt the accent while you read. Compare and contrast American English and dialect by examining quotes and filling out a Venn diagram. Once your learners have a grasp of dialect, and once you have modeled how to write in dialect, have pairs compose and perform brief fables that feature birds that speak in dialect.
What would happen if I structured this review by beginning in the middle of it? Or by flashing back to the dinner I had last night that gave me bad heartburn, and then transitioned into how the lingering burn of acid seeped into my ability to provide an effective review of this resource? You might say,"Just start at the beginning," which I will, four lines into the review (but I think you see what skill this resource addresses, and why our learners need to master it). The plan is conveniently broken down into three levels that help with differentiating the skill. The quiz is adequate, and can be used as is but should be modified with examples used from class.
Your class can learn about Amelia Earhart and practice important comprehension skills here. Learners answer questions about cause and effect, compare texts, and discuss similes and metaphors after reading Amelia Earhart: Free in the Skies by Robert Burleigh.
Here is a 46-slide presentation whose focus is on ways to describe characters in stories, how to create story characters, and how to show a character's personality in a student-created story. The colorful and engaging slides give lots and lots of great ideas for characterization. An excellent PowerPoint!
Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
How To Demystify Mythology for Your Learners
Use visual aids and live performances to help connect ancient myths to human emotions.
Playing Detective: Foreshadowing in Dahl's "The Landlady"
Roald Dahl's suspenseful story "The Landlady" is the focus of this superb resource for teaching foreshadowing. A captivating introduction to foreshadowing that includes looking for actual shadows will lasso your kinesthetic and visual learners. Readers take action on the second class reading of the text, hunting for clues about the outcome, which they know from the previous class session. A tidy reproducible t-chart for recording clues comes with a key.
Dragonwings: Evaluate Chapters 10-12
As your class finishes the novel Dragonwings, use these culminating projects. A vocabulary list is given for chapters eleven and twelve and either an epitaph or letter activity concludes the book. The final project consists of creating a newspaper in groups that includes researched information about the historical time period, letters to the editor, and political cartoons. Utilize many of your learners' talents by assigning these projects.
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
High schoolers 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.
Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy
Students read texts, view film and video and conduct research in an analysis and comparison of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the Kabuki piece "Chushingura". They focus their analysis on the theme of revenge.