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Students read a variety of short stories that focus on teenage protagonists. In groups, they answer comprehension questions and discuss the characters and setting for each story. Individually, they choose one writing assignment to complete for each story as well. To end the lesson, they identify their favorite story or discuss how one character reminds them of themselves.
Eleventh graders examine the style of authors. In this writing style lesson, 11th graders read a number of works by the same author in order to determine the author's style. Students rewrite a common poem, rhyme, tale, or legend in the style of the author studied.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about John Milton's Paradise LostStudents may check some of their answers online.
Explore the different types of discourse and language with your lecture students in this presentation, which explores "sweet language," "stuffy language," and "poetic language," among others. Helpful for English, Sociology, Semantics, or Writing students, the slide contains two slides of references for teacher and student use. 
Students analyze how patriots created ways to communicate during the Revolutionary War. After reading about and discussing ways patriots communicated, students create a chart analyzing the way messages are sent today with the way patriots sent theirs. Students determine which methods are more effective.
In this study guide worksheet, students analyze the plot, characters, and structural devices used in The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy.
In this quiz worksheet, students determine answers to questions taken from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Students answer 25 multiple choice questions.
Students study New York in three time periods, 1890-1930, 1930's, and 1950's-60's. They discuss themes that are important in each time block. They describe a brief historical picture of each time period before they approach works of photography and poetry.
Students listen to a verbal explanation of the function of deductive reasoning and problem solving. They read one of Donald Sobol's 'Two-Minute Mysteries' and complete a worksheet requiring them to write out the information which is prior knowledge and the informational clues provided by the culprit.
"Well there's more and more people, what do they know?" Help your class connect their lives with history and literature using this resource, which guides them through the lyrics of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." Using the images in the song, they can connect events from history or literature to the lyrics in a Six-Trait Writing activity. A complete, step-by-step plan is linked within the activity.
Eleventh graders listen to multiple versions of popular songs. They discuss the spin that different performers put on their songs, and use this as a lead in for various points of view for the same story. Students copy sections from the work of one author, and rewrite the section in their own words.
While music lyrics are often used to teach literary elements, the richness of this resource comes from the wealth of exercises, activities, and support materials provided in the packet.  Although designed for gifted learners, the activities would be great for the whole classroom, independent work, or homeschool settings. You need not be the walrus to enjoy these exercises in this magical musical tour.
Class members have an opportunity to develop empathy as they assume the identity of one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Indian Camp." They write about one event in the story from the point of view and in the voice of their character, craft an extension to the story in Hemingway's voice, and research the writer's life to find parallels between Hemingway's life and the events in the story. In addition, the class discusses the racism and ethics embedded in the tale.
Identifying an author’s choice, especially choices that concern craft and literary devices, is a difficult skill to teach. Here's an activity that will make your job easier. The resource breaks down how to teach the skill to novice, intermediate, and all-star learners, and provides a worksheet that models how to examine an author choices. Also included are questions to ask your learners. The example quiz can be used as-is to assess your pupils' learning, or modified for your class specifics.      
Analyze the writing of Edgar Allen Poe by reading and then writing in a similar style. Budding authors learn about the life of Poe and read one or more of his famous works online. Partner groups create an original piece of writing using some of the same emotions and images used by Poe. Although this is listed as a lesson for high schoolers, it could easily be used in a junior high school setting as well.
Middle schoolers in particular will benefit from this simple presentation. Forty slides cover story elements like the protagonist, antagonist, and setting, and literary devices are also included. Some examples are given, but for the most part the slides are pretty blank, housing just the term and the definition. 
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.
Kids love working with their peers. Get your class into small literature circles and have them complete weekly assignments. Before beginning this week's activity, have each learner write a letter from Esperanza in California to Abuelita (who is still in Mexico at this point). Then, in literature circles, the kids will answer a series of thoughtful questions (provided) and discuss their recent reading. Sample answers and a test preparation document are also included here. A great resource!
Students compare three works of art to understand how juxtaposition can express a point of view. They brainstorm topics of interest to them and their respective communities that could act as a springboard for curating individual exhibits of art and/or artifacts.
Students complete six activities to improve their language arts skills. In this literacy, grammar, and reading comprehension lesson, students complete and pre-test, six activities including grammar, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and reading comprehension before taking a post-test.

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