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Students examine word choice in their own writing. In this descriptive language lesson, students write a description of a picture, then sort the words into groups based on part of speech. Using Visual Thesaurus, students define some of the words and look at other word choices to see what best suits their essay.
Eighth graders create a Spanish or French language dictionary using online resources. They decide on a theme for their dictionary. They complete the template sheet by adding a word for each letter of the alphabet and inserting graphics according to the student worksheet. Finally, they create a bibliography of their sources.
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.
Analyze and make inferences from the information used by linguists to construct the evolution of languages. They research different dating techniques to explain how scientists infer age with evidence.
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the chart that includes 20 languages. Students identify the names of the countries with the greatest number of native speakers in 4 minutes.
Here are simple ideas to integrate math and language arts skills.
Use explicit instruction of academic language to strengthen student comprehension
This may be a short and simple lesson, but it is really quite important. Help your upper graders get ready for interviews, work place communication, and life. They role-play to see and show the differences between good and bad body language. The teacher models both then has the learners discuss why each "interview" style would be effective or not. They then role-play how one should carry themselves as they take directions in the workplace.
Five minute mini-lessons designed to expose learners to high-frequency academic language.
Here are lesson ideas to begin integrating social studies content into the language arts classroom.
Practical ways to implement games and activities into whole-class and sheltered English language development time.
How to tap into students' social networking experiences to enhance learning in the language arts classroom.
Sure to engage your class in poetry, this resource requires them to identify, label, and explain poetic devices and figurative language used in Katy Perry's hit song "Firework". A well-organized page that chunks the lyrics so learners are able to more easily identify examples of devices such as metaphors, hyperbole, and alliteration. An answer key is provided with possible answers. A great way to get your class motivated about poetry! Check it out!
O-si-yo! Did you know that Cherokee is the only Native American language that has its own written alphabet? Pairs consult a Dikaneiski, a Cherokee word list, craft sentences using the Cherokee alphabet, and share these sentences with the class. A pronunciation guide, alphabet, and answer key are provided.
A study of onomatopoeia for 5th graders is here for you. Pupils discover that the use of highly descriptive language makes it possible for readers to picture objects in their minds. After engaging in a class discussion and listening to some poems that utilize this writing style to perfection, learners answer six questions about onomatopoeia on a fine worksheet which is embedded in the plan.
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass. Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
Students explore informative, expressive, directive and performative languages and discuss examples of each. In groups, students research the types of languages, their effectiveness in communicating truth, needs and desires. Students explore real life examples to determine the emotive power of words.
In order to read and respond to Toni Morrison's A Mercy in this figurative-language instructional activity, learners discuss the differences between a literal and a figurative interpretation of a text. They explore figures of speech using a Visual Thesaurus, and keep a log of figurative language used by Morrison throughout the text.
Students explore the basis of Iago's persuasive power by analyzing Shakespeare's use of rhetoric and figurative language. In this Othello lesson, students analyze Iago's rhetoric in monologues and dialogues with other characters. Students identify rhetorical terms and the power of language. Students complete the related links and worksheets for the lesson.
Meet with the school library specialist and work together to plan a visit and presentation on figurative language. After defining and examining examples of targeted terms, the class travels to the library where the SL has collected picture books that feature the targeted terms. The SL models finding an example of figurative language and learners use a graphic organizer to record examples they find with their partner.