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Young readers analyze a character from a story, discovering her dilemmas and problems. In this character analysis lesson, students analyze a character named Jamaica in a few different stories. They discover the problems she's going through and create solutions for her.
"Stolen from Africa, brought to America,/Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival." Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldiers" provides high schoolers an opportunity to explore the rich history of the Rastafarians in Jamaica and the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s. Class members watch videos, access mini-pages, read articles, and listen to music before crafting their own song comparing a current social movement to the Buffalo Soldiers.
Students practice making predictions.  In this comprehension lesson, students use videos to practice making predictions about the content.  Students complete a handout with details about why they made certain predictions during their viewing of the video.
Students research the importance of community leaders in portraits. In this art history lesson, students look at the painting "The Ascension of Simon Bolivar on Mount Jamaica" and discuss what they see in the portrait. Students research a leader in their own community and make a portrait of that person. 
In this reading for information worksheet, learners read a text about Jamaica and its bobsledding team. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
In this reading comprehension activity, students cut out 5 bookmarks. Each bookmark focuses on a story element in the book Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest. Students answer the questions on the bookmarks. Included are: making inferences, drawing conclusions, details, character and predictions.
In this Jamaica's Find worksheet, students read the book Jamaica's Find and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 8 questions total.
Students use the Internet to examine the land, customs and government of Jamaica. They also hear music from the island.
In this vocabulary words worksheet, students read the book Jamaica Louise James and put their vocabulary words into abc order and into sentences. Students do this for 8 words.  
In this Literacy instructional activity, students match the words with the definition from the column to the right for the six words. The theme of the words is building things.
Tour the town with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Chinatown," "A Trip to the Firehouse," "Big Bushy Mustache," and "Jamaica Louise James"). Learners practice their future tense and prepositions, as well as literary skills such as making judgments and inferences. Help your young readers blossom with the three differentiated levels within this lesson.
Second graders practice their creative writing by using descriptive words.  In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders utilize their best descriptive writing to elaborate on one of 20 different bean bag characters.  Students listen to their classmates describe a bean bag character and use their descriptions to locate the correct one.
Learners read a New York Times article to examine strong first person voice in essays about reading. They write their own first person essays about some aspect of reading, participate in peer review, and re-writing.
In this ESL/ELL reading comprehension worksheet, students read or listen to an article entitled, "Obama Says BP Must Pay for Oil Spill Clean-up." They participate in discussion activities, and complete a variety of question types to develop vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Students determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Students write a context paper.  In this teaching the novel in context lesson, students view a primary sources to recreate the cultural and historical context of the novel.  Students make the connection between the literary text and historical events by researching the setting and discussing historical context in small groups.  After a session in the library, students then write a paper in which they analyze the novel within its historical context.
In this ESL/ELL Commonwealth Games activity, students read a selection about "India Rushing to Save Commonwealth Games." They discuss the passage, identify the problems and solutions, and talk about their own favorite sports. They complete true and false question synonym and phrase matches, and fill-in the blank activities both before and after reading/listening to this passage.
Identify main and secondary characters from a fiction story. Kindergartners do a picture walk with the teacher, and then do the identifying on their own with another book. A good assignment for groups or a whole class to complete.
Tenth graders explore the use of extended similes in writing. They analyze Jamaica Kincaid's, "Annie John" for use of extended similes. They develop criteria for effective similes and edit prior work to include them.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso SeaStudents may submit their answers to be scored.

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