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Literature Land Theme Park!
High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website.
Reading Literature: Introduction to Eagle Song
What are two effective visible thinking strategies for connecting prior knowledge to a great story? Chalk talks and answering text-dependent questions are used to introduce learners to the book, Eagle Song. These strategies provide 4th graders with the academic vocabulary that will enable them have meaningful and focused literature discussions. The plan is concisely worded and a practical working guide for teachers. Note: This lesson is one of many in a larger unit that supplements social studies curriculum in New York state.
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
Literature Study Guides: Of Mice and Men
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but these materials would work for any literary text, at home or in the classroom.
Working in groups, young historians review a war poem written by Stephen Crane. After reviewing the poem, they present an oral interpretation of the poem and hold a panel discussion about their analysis. The panel is made up of five or six experts who present on topics such as literature and the author, as well as a moderator.
Literature of the Ancient World
The literature of the ancient world can provide a motivating way for students to explore history.
"Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes" Literature Study
Students learn about the legacy of Sadako Sasaki, the atomic bomb, and history through a nonfiction literature study.
Literature Response Lesson Plans
Literature responses are a meaningful way to strengthen student comprehension.
Lesson Plans on the Intersection of History and Literature
Finding out about "the story behind the story" can provide a greater understanding of literature and its historical and social context.
Integrating Science and Literature
Maximize time and engage learners by using children's literature in your science lessons.
The Holocaust in Literature: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Using literature is an effective way to address the Holocaust with your students.
Literature Circle Activity
Youngsters are divided up into discussion groups. Each group member is assigned a specific role during the discussion. The classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is the subject of this literature circle. This wonderfully constructed lesson has everything you need to successfully implement a literature circle in your class. Worksheets for each of the members are embedded in the plan. Excellent!
Literature Study Guide: Slaughterhouse-Five
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to complete a book report. Two additional pages provide 10 response-to-literature questions and 10 extension activities. This format will work for any book, not just Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It is also not restricted to homeschool use.
Literature Study Guides: Tale of Two Cities
For homeschool or the classroom: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map relevant to any reading task. Resource is designated for Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, but these materials would work for any literary text. It has links to the book, author information, and curriculum guides.
Literature circles let kids interact with each other and hear different perspectives. explore literature circles. Group your class into small reading groups, and then assign each class member a specific role to keep them focused. After completing the literature circle, they summarize their experience.
Literature Study Guide: Out of Africa
Here you will find a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, but these materials would work for any literary text, in any educational context, home or classroom. Links to Out of Africa film study guide and author information are provided.
Developing Presentation Skills by Using Authentic Literature
Advanced level ESL students engage in an increasing verbal communication skills through children's literature. The focus of these activities is for children to develope presentation skills. Each activity would compliment any class room.
Modernism: American Literature 1914-1945
What characterizes modern literature? The first few slides of this 31-slide PowerPoint discuss what sparked the change to Modernism and discuss some of the key figures of the time (like Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud). The 20s and 30s are both briefly touched on, and some characteristics of the work produced during this period are noted. To finish, the isms are introduced: Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Symbolism.
Bring Literature Circles Into Your Classroom
Tips and strategies for adding literature circles to your language arts curriculum.
Training Students for Literature Circles
Role sheets clearly define expectations of all group members in this introduction to literature circles. By using a variety of picture books or short texts, readers can practice roles while the teacher circulates to each group observing or temporarily joining a group to draw all learners into a thoughtful discussion. The book list provides titles of possible texts.