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In this allegory worksheet, students examine the subgenre of allegory as they read a brief description of it and complete a graphic organizer with their observations of the use of allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Are you teaching a high school language arts class and stumped for writing topics? Five pages of writing prompts for all kinds of writing should help you out. Many of these prompts refer to texts that are not included in this resource, but they should be easily found online. While this is a great collection of ideas, this resource does not provide any instructional strategies.
In this characterization worksheet, students identify 7 characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm as they expose each as a main or subordinate character, reveal the character's motivation and main conflict, and note how the character and his motivations have affected the plot.
Students use films to identify the characteristics of a good parent. In groups, they research the different types of parenting methods used during colonial times, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. As a class, they develop their own definition of a good parent and compare and contrast their own parents with those seen in the films. They are encouraged to examine the characteristics shown in the film to become more responsible parents.
Int this Regents High School English Comprehensive Examination learners read passages from a short story and a poem and write an essay based on both passages.
Literature circles allow learners to take ownership of their reading decisions. In groups of three to five, students read a short novel of their choice. Each person in the group has a different role. Unfortunately, links do not work.
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's  A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Tenth graders read examples of writings by women authors showing their dissent. After completion of their reading, they brainstorm on why they believe female authors have criticized society. In groups, they use the Internet to research the historical events occurring in the writings. To end the lesson, they write about a strong woman in their own lives and perform in a skit using one of the readings.
Students research the role and value of sports in modern high schools which resemble the ancient Greek education. In this sports history lesson, students explore the meaning of aretê and evaluate an academic essay. Students find evidence in ancient Greek primary sources for and against the essay. Students determine whether the author's arguments apply to the high school sports culture.
Students explore French and World Literature for the life and works of Charles Baudelaire. In this poetry analysis lesson plan, students relate to the Symbolist penchant for wallowing in themes of death and depravity as well as share the Symbolist view that no one understands the torture of what it is to be alone against the universe by reading his  masterwork, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil).
Bring some ghostly literature into your English classroom! Witches or The Raven will get your activity started! After reading or listening to one of the suggested excerpts, learners write a scene from the text and perform it during the week of Halloween. Another option provided is to have learners draw scenes from the book.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read a memoir and a poem and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then compose an essay using ideas from both passages.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read an essay and a poem and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then write an essay based on both passages.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehension Examination worksheet, young scholars read an excerpt from a nonfiction work and a poem and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then write a unified essay using evidence from each passage.
In this Regents High School Examination in English worksheet, students read an essay and a poem and write an essay in which they use ideas and evidence from both passages.
For this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read passages and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then write an essay using ideas and examples from both passages.
In this Regents High School Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read a passage and answer multiple-choice questions based on reading comprehension.  Students then write a unified essay using evidence from each passage.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read an excerpt from a novel and a poem and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then compose an essay response using information from both passages.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English worksheet, young scholars read an excerpt from a memoir and a poem and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then write an essay using details and examples from both passages.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination worksheet, students read a poem and an excerpt from a memoir and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then write a unified essay using ideas and evidence from both passages.

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