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You Can't Catch Me!
What an engaging lesson! The Gingerbread Man is used to help young readers learn how to retell a story in order, and create projects about the story. Small groups are given pictures from the story, which are embedded in the plan, and they must put those pictures in chronological order. In the computer lab, each group accesses the linked PowerPoint which has been designed to allow them to retell the story in order.
Young scholars combine creativity with the rigor of careful editing by adding music to their story. It forces them to focus on how they communicate the meaning of their story to the listener.
Power vs Truth
Young scholars explore Italian politics and warfare of the High Renaissance. They explain the effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.
The Missing Parts
Understanding the essential elements of a story (setting, characters, plot, solution, conclusion), is very important for young readers. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders complete a picture sequencing activity based on three famous Fairy Tales. Students are then asked to write about what is happening in each picture. There are some excellent blackline masters embedded in the plan that are used to carry out this terrific lesson.
Going to School Paintings
This resource will help you compare and contrast the history of school experiences in America. In this cross curriculum U.S. history and art appreciation lesson, students view and discuss reproductions of the 19th century "Learning the ABC's" and "John F. Demeritt." Students interview their parents about school memories and share ways in which contemporary school experiences are alike and different from those of their parents.
Peer editing is a big part of the writing process, and this worksheet will really help guide both editor and writer. Class members read brief editing tips and examine examples of helpful and not-so-helpful comments. (Consider projecting this document instead of simply handing it out.) The focus is on specific and constructive comments, and there are five short-answer questions to guide the editor. This is part of the National Novel Writing Month project, so if your kids are embarking on this journey, be sure to look at the rest of this thorough unit.
"I Spy": Using Adjectives and Descriptive Phrases
Students use sensory adjectives in the game "I Spy". In this adjective and descriptive phrases instructional activity students create a list of sensory adjectives for an item in their classroom. The other students try to guess what item the student is describing. On a following day, the students build upon this activity by using more descriptive language.
New! Study Guide for Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper"
The battle between the Free Staters and the Republicans in the 1922-1923 Irish Civil War provides the backdrop for “The Sniper.” Individuals prepare for a discussion of Liam O’Flaherty’s tragic short story by completing a study guide that asks them to define vocabulary words, identify literary terms, and answer fact-based questions about the tale. Consider providing groups with additional questions that require research into the civil war and critical thinking about issues raised by the story.
Spy vs. Spy?
Students consider their beliefs about proper and improper surveillance and then create imaginary neighborhoods featuring surveillance technology in various public and private sites.
Objects Then and Now
What ancient Roman objects perform the same tasks as modern objects? In this worksheet, students are asked to identify 5 illustrations of Roman objects. Students are then prompted to compare these objects with the functions of 5 modern objects. The end of the worksheet invites students to draw the modern equivalents. This lesson would be a great supplement a lesson about Roman history, or a story set in ancient Rome.
How does the setting affect the mood of a story? First, describe what imagery is. Better yet, show them examples of powerful imagery (which this presentation does not do). Then, discuss the effects the setting has on creating a mood.
Write a Round-Robin Story
Students discover the elements of a story (introduction, plot, climax, resolution, denouement). In groups of five, one student writes an introduction and passes it to the next person, who writes the plot and passes it to the next person, until an entire story has been created.
Narrative Structure: Les Miserables
What is the initiating event? What is the protagonist's goal? What attempts are made to achieve this goal? What is the outcome? Model for your class how to map out the structure of any narrative. Readers then search for answers as the progress through a story. Although designed for use with Les Miserables, the approach could be used with any text. A worksheet is included.
Nature's Treasure Map
Youngsters construct a map of treasures that they find along a nature trail as they hike. They also make sketches and create place names of some of the spots along the trail. Once back in class, pupils use their treasure maps to help them construct a story based on the map and their detailed observations. The engaging lesson does a nice job of combining language arts with life sciences. The teacher would be wise to have a treasure map journal made up ahead of time to show the class what they should be creating out on the trail.
Shared Reading and Writing
Engage your class in shared reading and writing activities with this group of lessons. They work practice using phonemes and story elements while they read aloud books by Mem Fox and Kit Wright. They also participate in shared writing as they write about the memories that are used in the stories.
It's always fun to make up something together as a class. This fine lesson has children make up and illustrate a collaborative adventure story. The essential elements of a good story (setting, characters, plot, help, conclusion) are all here. You can be sure that the final product will be a source of great pride for the whole class. This lesson is based on the Arthur episode: "Arthur's Faraway Friend."
Real World Connections
Explore universal themes in literature with a literacy and multicultural awareness lesson. Elementary and middle schoolers make real world connections between themes in books from several cultures. They make inferences and locate text evidence to support the theme of freedom found in the book Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan and the story Brotherly Love: A Korean Folktale Retold.
Generations: An Exploration of our Families Through Literature
Learners complete a unit of lessons on families. They read and analyze various stories, label a map, assemble sentences, write letters to grandparents, analyze character traits, and write and illustrate a sheet for a class book.
The Clock Tower on Grand Avenue: A Cultural Reading Adventure
Sixth graders read three novels to practice their reading and comprehension skills. Using each novel, they create a list of the characteristics of each culture represented. In groups, they also identify the setting, characters and plot of the stories as well. To end the instructional activity, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
Feathers in the Wind: A Jewish American Story
Students examine cultural diversity. In this Jewish culture lesson, students explore the contemporary culture of Jews as the read folktales and more recent stories that embody the culture and compare it to their own.