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In this ninth instructional activity in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit, close reading skills are used independently to find the gist of the story That Book Woman. Rereading for important details is the targeted skill to unlock a deeper understanding of the story and create a richer learning experience. Learners end the activity with the a collaborative discussion of the insightful question, "NOW what do think the instructional activity of the story is?" Third grade classes will enjoy the diversity of the Appalachian dialect written into the story. Teachers will enjoy the explicit language of the lesson plan that is designed to bring out engaging classroom learning. 
Create a writing project that focuses on the Common Core ELA Standard for writing an argumentative essay.
Students discover enunciation and alliteration by reading tongue twisters in class.  In this language arts activity, students listen and repeat some of the classic childhood tongue twisters along with their teacher.  Students write their own mini tongue twister and create an illustration for it.
Introduce young readers to informational texts with a well-designed, ready-to-use, and Common Core-aligned unit. Young readers will learn a variety of skills while studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As the first lesson in this unit, the primary focus of the lesson is learning to use the norms of class discussion as well as close reading practices. Your young readers will learn and practice strategies such as rereading, annotating, identifying key vocabulary, and summarizing. Making use of great instructional strategies, this unit is a must see! Note: The level of text complexity for this module would most likely make it appropriate for older grades as well.
Informative writing is emphasized in the standards. Help your learners reach that goal with the plan for paragraph writing outlined here. After reviewing the work from the day before and adding to their vocabulary notebooks, class members examine a model paragraph and then write and share organized, informative paragraphs about religion in colonial America. A collaborative and engaging activity, the plan presented is part of a series made specifically for the Common Core. 
Delve into Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan with close reading and evidence-based, text-dependent questions. Part of a unit series, this well-sequenced, Common Core designed lesson plan draws on material from the previous day and from homework so that pupils begin the day with prior knowledge, and then move into more complex response work. The focus is on multiple readings, small group work, and close reading. Class members discuss the text, respond to questions, and continue to mark evidence with sticky notes.
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.
Continue working through Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, by looking into language choices and discussing text-dependent questions. Pupils converse in small groups and as a class about plot, setting, and figurative language. Using sticky notes, called evidence flags in the plan, class members mark evidence that corresponds with a series of questions. Create a class record of figurative language, and close with an independent writing assignment about Esperanza's life in California. Meet Common Core requirements as you delve into this text.
Explore point of view and more with a Common Core designed lesson. Pupils experience different points of view by representing one of two characters from Esperanza Rising during a partner discussion. They must use evidence from the text that supports their side during the discussion. But before this, the teacher leads the class through a close reading with text-dependent questions. Small groups are allowed to converse abou each question. The questions ask learners to determine the meaning of words using context clues and examine metaphors. Wrap up the lesson with an exit ticket and a debrief. 
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate in a give-one-get-one activity, using their sticky notes to mark pieces of evidence that they want to share. As a final assignment, writers compose a response to a final question that sums up the lesson. An effective Common Core designed lesson.
Help your class transition as the setting in the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, moves from Mexico to California. Beginning with prior knowledge, and moving into jigsaw research groups, class members add to and create posters and lists of information about California, immigration, and the Great Depression. The teacher can help out with hint cards and by leading discussion; however, most of the information is discovered by class members as they work through informational texts and complete a gallery walk. Close with a writing activity that relates back to the novel. A strong, well-designed lesson.
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The instructional activity starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you give to them. The goal is to match quotes from the novel with quotes about human rights. Class members will also learn what a strike is and connect that knowledge to the novel by completing a note-catcher and discussing the text. All materials are included in an engaging Common Core designed instructional activity.
Explore multiple perspectives through a jigsaw activity that will improve your pupils' understanding of the characters in Esperanza Rising as well as their understanding of strikes and human rights. Tapping into prior knowledge, and previous notes taken on these topics, class members will first add to their information about their assigned character, then meet in expert groups, and last, but not least, get together with their original group of three and cross-share information. Wrap up with an exit ticket that asks learners to take a stance and use evidence to support their answers.
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The lesson provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your class. After watching and listening, class members can refer to the included transcript as they compose their own two-voice poems comparing and contrasting two characters from the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan. Spend some time discussing text features and previous notes about the characters before sending pupils off with their graphic organizers to draft their poems with a partner or small group. Close by sharing golden lines from the poems.
Determining a theme or central idea is greatly emphasized in the Common Core standards. Target that skill though big metaphors and central symbols in Pam Munoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. Help your class reach the standard through discussion, close reading, text-based questions, a kinesthetic opinion survey, and a brief writing assignment. Every step is detailed, and every material is provided in this intelligently sequenced plan, which is part of a series.
When your class members have completed the novel Esperanza Rising, they will be ready to write an expository essay on how Esperanza responds to events and what this says about her character. Set your pupils up for success by starting out with text-dependent questions about the chapter that will be the focus of their writing, in this case chapter five. Then, using the provided graphic organizer, lead them through planning and writing a paragraph that uses evidence effectively. For homework, have them do the same process on their own. A strong scaffolded writing lesson.
As your class nears the end of the book Eagle Song, young readers stop to self-assess their progress toward the learning goals of this unit before continuing on with the story. This short, but effective self-assessment requires learners to describe in writing what they have done in order to meet each of the four learning targets. From there, the teacher reads aloud the first few pages of chapter 7 before providing independent reading time, during which students identify supporting evidence as they answer the chapter's text-dependent questions. Unfortunately, there are some typos and formatting errors with the included supporting materials. If you follow the link provided in the additional materials for this resource, you can download the lesson as a Word document and correct those mistakes yourself.
Here is a mid-unit assessment for a group of lessons studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The first half of this lesson calls for several forms of review. Your class will review the content of the UDHR text by pair sharing their note-catcher, they will review the concept of human rights through a whole-class discussion, and they will review key vocabulary by creating tableaus or visual representations of words. For the second half of the lesson, students will complete a quiz consisting of seven multiple choice questions and one longer free-response question. The focus of this assessment is vocabulary. Note: To find the whole group of lessons, refer to the additional materials section. 
Lesson 6 of this extensive unit finally has your class begin to work their way through specific articles from the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Before examining the rights actually detailed in the document, have your class guess what rights might be included with a "give one, get one" activity. Individuals brainstorm a list of rights they imagine might be in the UDHR, and then walk around, sharing and recording the ideas of their classmates. Afterward, delve into Article 2 with your class, modeling close reading strategies and completing corresponding sections of the note-catcher. Individuals will do Article 3 independently. Note: See additional materials for an index of the unit's lessons. 
Here is the second part in a series of lessons where your class will return to their discussion of human rights and study of the primary source document the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Before continuing to read, they will need to understand why and how this document was written. First, show and discuss a video from UNICEF to demonstrate the need for such a document. Then have groups construct a timeline of events leading up to its creation. As with other lessons from this module, the lesson fosters great higher-level thinking skill such as asking questions and evaluating cause and effect.