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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.
Whether you are planning a unit on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, or simply want to improve your pupils' descriptive writing, this lesson could be a good addition to your class. Using the Six-Trait Writing process, pupils use chapter two of The Great Gatsby to guide their writing as they focus on precise word choice to develop characters and set the mood. This resource guides learners through the entire writing process and includes all of the necessary materials.
Can colors help to convey a mood in writing? Explore this question with your class using the songs "Grey Street" by the Dave Matthews Band and "Blu is a Mood" by Blu Cantrell. After analyzing the effect of the color words in these songs and in models, pupils work through a Six-Trait writing activity to create their own color-based poems. The activity helps to emphasize the importance of word choice and mood within a song, poem, or other written work.
Have you ever thrown a surprise party? Use this question to engage your intermediate English language learners. After a brief discussion, read the passage "Guermo's Surprise," and have learners answer the 10 multiple-choice questions that follow. The final question requires writing.
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.
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Students examine the importance of respect, for themselves and others, through reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this respect in language arts instructional activity, students record unknown vocabulary they encounter while reading, then look up definitions and synonyms. Students will also complete journal entries on given topics and participate in sharing circles.
Students create a cooperative carousel and a creative project on the idea that each person has an impact on others. For this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students participate in a sharing circle to discuss the importance of the choices a person makes and the effect on those around him/her. Students keep lexicon study cards, a journal and a learning log.
Tenth graders create learning logs based on their understanding of community after reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this circle justice lesson, 10th graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the characters, plot, vocabulary, and impressions of the novel. Students also complete a creative project that requires them to make their own Native American artwork.
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.
In this cross-curricular writing and art lesson, emerging writers create a personal experience timeline. Using a scrapbook format, autobiographers include photos and illustrations with captions, narrative writings, and expository paragraphs to represent their educational accomplishments and future educational goals. Once the scrapbooks are complete, plan a classroom event to showcase them. Parents and other staff can be invited to view the displays.
Ninth and tenth-graders explore the fantasy genre through the novel The Dirt Eaters. Discuss the elements of fantasy and science fiction and predict what the world may look like in 100 years. Possible topics of discussion include the use of typography in the epigraphs, flashbacks, and visions in the novel. The instructional activity culminates by completing culminating a writing activity.
Class members select one story from a unit study, and using an Inspiration Software Flowmap, identify a central event in the story, and examine the causes and effects of the event. They then identify a similar event from their own life and compare the two events. Provided resource links do not function but can be accessed directly from Inspiration Software.
If you are considering showing the film Cry Freedom, directed by Richard Attenborough, to your class, you might show them this presentation first. The slides contain background information about South Africa, apartheid, Steve Biko, and non-violent resistance as well as filming techniques used in the movie. The presentation appears to have been made by students; however, there is ample content.
"It is better to ignore something unpleasant than to face reality." Readers of Death of a Salesman complete an anticipation guide before tackling Arthur's Miller's tale of Willy Loman and his sons. After completing the play, class members revisit the guide to reconsider their responses. Some things are more important than being well liked.
Middle schoolers in particular will benefit from this simple presentation. Forty slides cover story elements like the protagonist, antagonist, and setting, and literary devices are also included. Some examples are given, but for the most part the slides are pretty blank, housing just the term and the definition.
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.
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process instructional activity, 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!