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Get a Grip on Grammar
Examine the negative effects of graffiti and gangs in this language arts activity. In small groups, middle schoolers discuss topics dealing with gangs and graffiti and write a collaborative poem based on their group discussion. The lesson would be a good way to reinforce the rules of group discussion, as well as the importance of individual roles.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Condon National Bank
Use maps, readings, and photographs to analyze the historic, cultural, and social conditions surrounding the activities of the Dalton brothers and their gang. Learners identify how the residents of Coffeyville defended themselves against the gang.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
How Danny Responds to Conflict (Chapter 5, "The Longest Day")
As they continue to read Eagle Song, learners further develop their reading comprehension skills while working collaboratively with their peers. Following a similar format to previous lessons in this unit, the teacher reads aloud the first few pages of chapter 5 while students work in groups to answer text-dependent questions, supporting their responses with specific examples from the book.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review The Outsiders
Keep Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, and all the other characters straight in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders by taking down notes on the graphic organizer provided here. Also included are discussion questions for before and after reading that you can add into your lesson plans for The Outsiders as well as additional activity ideas for extending the novel.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Students examine places considered sacred in both India and the U.S. They read and discuss a website on the Ganges River, discuss places considered sacred in the U.S., and write an essay comparing/contrasting personal sacred places and the Ganges River.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Gangs and Clicks... Are They One In the Same?
Students compare gangs and cliques. In this comparison instructional activity, students prepare to read the book, The Outsiders, by making a Venn diagram comparing gangs and cliques. They brainstorm ideas about the two groups which they add to the graphic organizer on an interactive whiteboard.
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Students explore the concept of "the ends justifying the means" by examining the behavior of historical and fictional heroes. They view and discuss a video on the Gangs of New York and Les Miserables. Then they break into small groups to chose an event in recent history, such as the invasion of Iraq, to write an essay on whether the ends can justify the means.
9th - 12th English Language Arts