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Analyze the use of balanced sentences and parallelism in a narrative. Included in this resource is a narrative about serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan titled, "The Train Ride Home". Middle and high schoolers review vocabulary and employ the techniques taught in order to write grammatically correct, balanced sentences.
Learners read The Train Ride Home by Robin Solomon. In this literature response lesson, students will inspect the writing of Solomon to determine how she established a certain tone through her word choice and paragraph structure. Learners will analyze what they can learn about the culture of Kazakhstan. Students will reflect on the story in discussion and journal responses.
Learners examine the story for use of balanced sentences and parallelism-two literary devices-and then practice using those devices in writing of their own. They combine the simple sentences grammatically into one correct sentence. A. I went to the bank. B. I drove to the mall. C. I returned to my house.
Students examine the author's lively text to determine how she achieved her many literary effects. They discover the author's techniques in describing people and events, in setting tone, and in establishing pace. They reflect about the enduring understanding, "Living as the local people do is an effective way to understand a culture different from one's own."
Students identify the advantages of being flexible when visiting or living in a culture different from one's own. They realize that open-mindedness and flexibility can facilitate understanding between cultures and write a letter from the point of view of one of the Kazakhstanis who were fellow travelers on the train with the author.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
Students make estimates on how many people they believe live on Earth. While watching a video, they take notes on the issues facing Kenya, Japan and India. In groups, they calculate how long it takes for a country to double in size. To end the lesson, they discuss the challenges countries face with increasing populations.
Eighth graders read text and view films about the Kennedy administration. In this preseidential administration instructional activity, 8th graders interview someone who lived during Sputnik, write summaries of lectures, and create posters demonstrating the effects of the Kennedy administration on U.S. politics
In this comprehension and geography worksheet, students read an article about the Caspian Sea, identifying where it is located and what countries surround it. Then they describe three parts of the sea, what are tributaries, and how many the sea has. Finally, students describe what endemic means and what living fossil and only mammal can be found in the Caspian Sea.