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No Regrets: a Poetry Analysis
Students read a poem and use the TPCASTT strategy for analysis. In this poetry analysis lesson, students journal about their future goals and read John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player." Students discuss the purpose of the poem and complete a TPCASTT graphic organizer. Students complete the 'No Regrets Thought Questions' worksheet.
The Meaning of America: Equality
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource.
Ages in Stages: An Exploration of the Life Cycle based on Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Human Development
Examine Erikson's chart on the various stages one goes through growing up. Individually, they write a paper on whether or not they fit into those categories and how they are different today. In groups, for each stage they role play the role of someone in that stage in front of the class.
Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students
A series of well-written activities, these lessons prompt middle schoolers reading below grade level (at a second, third, or fourth grade level) to use poetry to practice basic reading skills. They rhyme, build words, make inferences, and practice phonics skills. There are three activities total and an extensive rational/context commentary. The lesson is appropriate for older grades as well.
The Write Response
Students explore what impact the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 had on nine different American novelists. They write and share their own thoughts and feelings, then consider the role writing plays in their own lives, particularly in times of tragedy.
The Spanish American War (1898-1901)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Spanish American War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
All the King's Men Theme of Drugs and Alcohol
In this literary analysis worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes of Drugs and Alcohol in All the King's Men. Students also debate the validity of two thesis statements about the text.
Eleventh graders answer the question Why Westborough? Why did their town develop as it did, what types of industry were here and why. They are introduced to journal writing. Students free write about ideas that stand out from class. They research Eli Whitney and write down an epitaph for his gravestone.
Painting Pictures with Poetry
Middle schoolers develop their own smilies and metaphors. They examine writing of the Poet Laureate. They identify philanthropy in quotations of others.
Stephen Crane - Surrealism and the Antihero
Learners analyze the work of Stephen Crane as a lesson on surrealism and an antihero. In this surrealism lesson, students complete discuss activities for the topic. Learners then analyze Crane's poetry, his use of surrealism, and the antihero's in his work by completing the worksheets.
Relating Main Ideas in Three Poems
Ninth graders listen to teacher read-alouds of three poems about personal identity. They engage in activities designed to determine the themes, and literary devices used in the poems. They write an essay as an assessment.
Comparing and Contrasting Theme in Poetry
Ninth graders analyze two poems: "The Ex-Basketball Player" and "To an Ahtlete Dying Young" to compare and contrast. They identify several examples of personification, alliteration and simile and write an essay comparing and contrasting the two.
New Traditions in Our Family
First graders discuss the importance of traditions in families. In groups, they share their traditions at certain times of the year. As a class, they read "When This Box is Full" and create a box representing the different seasons. They also discover how some tradtions are similiar between families.
Rock and Poetry: A Thematic Project
Pupils explore poetry. In this literature lesson, students examine music and lyrics by Natalie Merchant in order to make the transition to analyzing poetry by Keats and Wordsworth.
Eighth graders take photographs for a photo essay contest. Using primary source documents, they review various types of artwork and discuss how some of the images have become commonplace. They use the internet to view examples of previous essays based on photos and begin to write their own.