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"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.
Jamaica Teaches Moral Lessons
Young readers analyze a character from a story, discovering her dilemmas and problems. For 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.
Community Symbols: Heroes and Leaders
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.
Reading Comprehension: Jamaica Louise James
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.
Reading: Jamaican Bobsledding Team, Part 1
In this reading for information worksheet, students read a text about Jamaica and its bobsledding team. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
In this Jamaica's Find instructional activity, 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.
Jamaica Louise James: vocabulary words
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 worksheet, 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.
ELD Lesson Plan: Around Town
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.
Teaching Descriptive Word Usage
Second graders practice their creative writing by using descriptive words. In this language arts instructional activity, 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.
Once Upon a Time: Writing Stories about Reading
Students 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.
The Geophysics And Cultural Aspects of the Greater Antilles
Learners 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.
Teaching the Novel in Context
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.
Using Extended Similes to Elaborate and Add Style
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.
Wide Sargasso Sea Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Hispanic Arts: Visual Arts, Dance and Music
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Annie John Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Main and Secondary Characters
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.
Four Immigrant Groups: Their Lives and Music
Fourth graders examine the experiences of four immigrant groups. In groups, they brainstorm a list of misconceptions of those groups and discuss if they are still present today. Using maps, they locate the countries of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba and research why they left their home country. To end the lesson, they compare and contrast the music of the four countries.