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Students demonstrate the ability to read independently for extended periods of time in order to derive pleasure and to gain information. They use graphic representations such as charts, graphs, pictures, and graphic organizers as information sources and as a means of organizing information and event logically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students develop vocabulary skills and create a logbook. In this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students make predictions, write chapter summaries, and create a detailed character sketch. Students participate in a sharing circle and discuss their thoughts and reflections on the reading.
Young scholars keep a learning log and role-play to discover how a positive attitude can affect their lives. For this Touching Spirit Bear and optimism/pessimism lesson, student discuss optimism and pessimism in scenarios and in learning circles before reading passages from the novel and writing vocabulary words.
Students create learning log journals and creative projects about helping others. In this circle justice lesson, students read Touching Spirit Bear and watch Pay it Forward. Students discuss the themes of both works and analyze the actions of the characters as they consider how they can contribute to making the world a better place.
Students examine the importance of respect, for themselves and others, through reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this respect in language arts instructional activity, students record unknown vocabulary they encounter while reading, then look up definitions and synonyms. Students will also complete journal entries on given topics and participate in sharing circles.
Students create a cooperative carousel and a creative project on the idea that each person has an impact on others. For this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students participate in a sharing circle to discuss the importance of the choices a person makes and the effect on those around him/her. Students keep lexicon study cards, a journal and a learning log.
Tenth graders create learning logs based on their understanding of community after reading Touching Spirit Bear. In this circle justice lesson, 10th graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the characters, plot, vocabulary, and impressions of the novel. Students also complete a creative project that requires them to make their own Native American artwork.
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.
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!