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A cross-disciplinary lesson that incorporates language arts, social studies, and art into a creative project, this lesson would be a great fit for any middle school humanities classroom. After briefly learning about the history, structure, and key features of haiku poetry, writers break into groups to take nature photos. They create a PowerPoint presentation, which pairs lines of their original poetry with their photographs. This resource includes all necessary materials. Hardware needed.
Spark interest in a current issue while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of complex ideas. This excellent cross-disciplinary unit idea incorporates English and science in the study of the rain forest and the dangers facing it and its inhabitants. Through a series of authentic learning tasks including a research report, a poem, a travel brochure, a letter, and a puppet show, students learn declarative knowledge about the rain forest while practicing procedural English skills.
Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to express meaning and connotation. Engage your artistic learners by honoring their need to create beauty as part of their learning.
Essentially an essay or extended response assignment, this instructional activity contains five different writing prompts about the novel Gentlehands by M.E. Meaker. Readers then complete handmade accordion books. The writing prompts may be useful, as they foster critical thinking and require creative, analytical responses. The art portion of this instructional activity, however, seems disconnected to the content, unnecessary, and juvenile.
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the instructional activity prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language.