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New! Understanding Shakespeare - "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind"
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
New! 5 Broken Cameras: How Storytellers Shape the Story
5 Broken Cameras, the award-winning documentary nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and winner of the Sundance 2012 Directors Award is the focus of a resource packet that includes a lesson plan, discussion guide, reading lists, background information, a photo slide show, clips from the film, and links to related articles and books. The film provides a springboard to a discussion of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, and the conflict over the Occupied Territories. A powerful resource that merits a place in your curriculum library.
Details, Details, Details
Writing can become one-dimensional if authors don't involve all their senses. First, scholars observe a strange object which, ideally, they can touch and even smell. Without using certain words (you can create a list or have the class come up with overused words), they use their senses to paint a picture of the item. Next, writers respond to a fun prompt, crafting a novel set-up using themselves as the protagonist! After sharing, learners complete a worksheet (not included, but easily found online) and examine figurative langauge. Finally, they work on their own novels.
Plath, Personification, and Figurative Language in "Mirror"
What will your class members see in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"? After reading the poem, learners engage in a Socratic seminar prompted by the provided questions. Individuals then create an illustration, focusing on the personification and figurative language in the poem, and share their interpretations with the class.
J. Alfred Hyperbolizes
Mermaids will sing to your class members as they engage in an activity related to T.S. Eliot's famous dramatic interior monologue. After engaging in a socratic seminar about literary devices in the poem, individuals choose one interesting example of either hyperbole or imagery, and create an a visual representation. The illustrations are posted in time-line order following the progression of the poem.
Direct and Indirect Characterization: A Tale of Two Cities --Mr. Lorry
“Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waistcoat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.” Dickens’ diction and syntax can cause readers, even those familiar with 19th Century prose, to stumble. Provide your pupils with an opportunity to tackle complex text with a series of exercises based on a brief excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities. Brief writing assignments, a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and guided questions for the passage are included in the plan.
Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
From Light to Dark and Back
Experiment with light and dark in a series of interactive activities that lead up to reading and writing poetry. Class members have the opportunity to observe their feelings while sitting in the light and dark and to play with shadow before reading a series of poems that relate to lightness and darkness. After reading these poems jigsaw style and participating in a class discussion, writers compose original poems based on their earlier observations.
Riddles from The Hobbit
“Riddle me this!” What do J.R.R. Tolkien and Bill Finger have in common? Why, they’re both riddlers, of course. The riddles found in The Hobbit are the focus a series of activities that direct learners’ attention to word relationships and word meanings. Class members go on a 20-minute walk and use an MP3 player to listen to a presentation about the riddles in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Upon returning to the room, the class discusses the images and meanings included in this type of wordplay. Links to the podcast, discussion questions, and a comprehension quiz are included in the resource.
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil War era. After your pupils have a strong understanding of the time period, lead them in a class reading and send them off to practice a group reading. The lesson includes a vocabulary list and a series of activities that focus on literary devices, repetition in particular. This Common Core designed resource will help your learners understand both the text and the power of language.
Building Background Knowledge: Learning About the Historical and Geographical Setting of Esperanza Rising (Chapter 1: “Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924”)
Set up your class to read Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, through a class read-aloud and exploration of the setting. The detailed lesson outlines each step. First, class members read over the first few pages and focus on the setting, brainstorming ideas and talking with classmates to visualize the scene. Next, pupils form groups of three and jigsaw short informational texts, sharing with each other and then the class. Learners also use sticky notes to mark evidence in class and for homework.
Getting to Know Esperanza (Chapter 2: “Las Uvas/Grapes”)
Delve into Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan with close reading and evidence-based, text-dependent questions. Part of a unit series, this well-sequenced, Common Core designed instructional activity draws on material from the previous day and from homework so that pupils begin the day with prior knowledge, and then move into more complex response work. The focus is on multiple readings, small group work, and close reading. Class members discuss the text, respond to questions, and continue to mark evidence with sticky notes.
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 4: "Los Higos/Figs")
How do you know what a character's personality is like if an author doesn't tell you? With a focus on character development in Esperanza Rising, pupils complete a jigsaw activity to analyze the actions of Mama, Abuelita, and Miguel. Once group members have shared with their expert group and their own group of three, they compare and contrast the other characters to Esperanza. Class members must make inferences using author details and character behavior. During this well-sequenced lesson plan, learners will complete a quiz, participate in a jigsaw activity, create posters and charts, and write briefly for an exit ticket, and close with a discussion about human rights.
Contrasting Two Settings (Chapter 6: "Lost Melones/Cantalouples")
Continue working through Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, by looking into language choices and discussing text-dependent questions. Pupils converse in small groups and as a class about plot, setting, and figurative language. Using sticky notes, called evidence flags in the plan, class members mark evidence that corresponds with a series of questions. Create a class record of figurative language, and close with an independent writing assignment about Esperanza's life in California. Meet Common Core requirements as you delve into this text.
Mid-Unit Assessment and Discussing Themes in Esperanza Rising: (Chapter 9: "Las Ciruelas/PLums")
Give this skills-based assessment halfway through your unit on Esperanza Rising. After a brief review, class members take the test, which asks them to show that they know how to analyze the novel independently. They are asked to summarize, discuss the importance of the title, demonstrate knowledge of characterization, make inferences, and determine the meaning of words and phrases using context clues. The test focuses on chapter nine only and class members are permitted to use their books, notes, and evidence flags. Once learners are finished with the test, they participate in a structured seminar on metaphors and themes in small groups.
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 3: "Las Papayas/Papayas")
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core designed lesson, the activities described here focus on discussing the text in groups, making inferences, responding to text-dependent questions, and using evidence. The lesson is nicely organized, with an entrance ticket and an exit ticket to tie the activities together.
Characters Changing Over Time (Chapter 10: "Las Papas/Potatos")
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate in a give-one-get-one activity, using their sticky notes to mark pieces of evidence that they want to share. As a final assignment, writers compose a response to a final question that sums up the lesson. An effective Common Core designed lesson.
Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The instructional activity provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your class. After watching and listening, class members can refer to the included transcript as they compose their own two-voice poems comparing and contrasting two characters from the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan. Spend some time discussing text features and previous notes about the characters before sending pupils off with their graphic organizers to draft their poems with a partner or small group. Close by sharing golden lines from the poems.