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Young scholars of Latin review elements of Latin syntax, incorporating themes of mythological creatures (Pegasus, Hydra, Polyphemus Minotaur, Medusa, Chimaera) from Ancient Greece and Rome. The use of visuals adds dimension to this lesson.
Students brainstorm as a whole class to generate a list of as many major parts of the human anatomy that either look or sound like they may be Latin as a means for developing prior and common knowledge.
What are the benefits to providing your learners with multiple-choice questions on quizzes and tests? If you'll be teaching Latin literature this year, read this quick argument to decide which types of questions you'll create.
Poets generally choose each word carefully, and Robinson Jeffers is no exception to this rule. Look closely at Jeffers' word choice in "Inscription for a Gravestone" and "The Deer Lay Down Their Bones" through discussion and writing. After choosing intriguing words as a class, send small groups off to look up these words in several different reference books and report their findings. Pupils also write essays that describe the tone, syntax, and diction in Jeffers' poems, keeping in mind his knowledge of etymology and language.
If you are currently teaching adverbs in your class, this resource might be for you! For this instructional activity, learners review adverbs and example sentences, identify and rewrite sentences with too many adverbs, add adverbs to sentences, and review and assess their adverb knowledge. Supplement these activities with an adverb word bank for more language support.
“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.
Students explore one of the most famous Roman poets, Ovid, and his large work, The Metamorphoses. They are encouraged to read Latin literature, students reflect upon the process as one that is inherently worthwhile. Students observe to what degree they are able to use their exploration of Latin grammar and culture on a literary Latin text and manage on their own with the help of the computer.
A brief passage about International Dance Day, April 29, is accompanied by an array of language activities based in sound ELD practice: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing, and homework/extension ideas. Links to a British-accented audio clip of the passage and an interactive multiple choice sequencing activity in which readers reconstruct the passage phrase by phrase.
Students, after tracing the route that Julius Caesar took that lead his army into battle, are introduced to the Romance province of Gaul in the first century B.C. They conclude that Caesar was involved in conducting a foreign war in ancient times.
Show your class how to read, and analyze poetry through the rules of grammar as you explore “love is a place” by E.E. Cummings. Some might consider this plan overbearing and beating poetry to death, which might be true, if you do all of the activities. However, the plan offers a unique way to show young learners how to read closely and deeply. The guided worksheet moves readers through the poem and has them analyze the literary devices, syntax, and grammar of the poem in search of meaning. A little part of this resource would go a long way.    
Improve syntax with this explanatory handout. It clarifies one way to make writing more precise: avoiding nominalization. This resource provides four ways to find and change nominalization problems and 10 sentences to correct. There are no directions for the exercise; however, answers are provided.
Students determine the procedures for making a persuasive speech. In this persuasive speech lesson, students discuss the skills that are needed to persuade someone. They examine proper body language, speech, and syntax for giving a persuasive speech before they deliver a six to eight minute speech on a topic from the list provided by the teacher.
Students create a monogram, based of the idea of a Turkish Tughra. They examine the connection between writing for communication and writing as an art form. They explore the vocabulary related to the use of art media in the classroom.
Eleventh graders explore the TI-InterAcitve!.  In this Algebra II lesson, 11th graders examine features of the TI-InterActive! including drawing on a Graph, using Stat Plots, exploring the syntax for piecewise functions, and using sliders in order to obtain parametric variations.  The lesson is designed to encourage students’ creativity.    
Ninth graders participate in a lesson that compares ancient Roman roads to those that are found in present day America. They create a model of a cross section of a Roman road and a research paper on the subject.
Learners read a book about life in the city and complete literary and reading activities. In this city life book lesson plan, students complete book preview activities. Learners read individually with teacher coaching. Students practice fluent reading, complete a phonics focus, and text response.
Students read The Apple Pie Tree and complete vocabulary, language, and reading activities. In this reading and language lesson, students read the mini book and complete language questions, descriptive terms, vocabulary, language activities, speech activities, and sequencing activities.
Students explore the work of Sha Sha Higby. For this visual arts lesson, students watch a video segment about artist Sha Sha Hugby, study images of her sculptures and performance art, and collaborate to create their own performance art pieces.
Students use technology to improve their communication skills and have the ability to interact with other speech students attending other elementary schools. Through riddles, games, and other activities, students attain their speech and language goals.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.

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