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Learners 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.
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.
“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.
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.    
Begin teaching your learners—and yourself—some basics about the Latin language with the inquiries available in this resource. Although the questions are linked to a textbook of unknown origin, they offer a good beginning on where to start in understanding the basics of endings, conjugations, forms, and syntax of the verbs, nouns, adjectives, and sentences of the dead language. 
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 instructional activity 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.
Students read a book about life in the city and complete literary and reading activities. In this city life book lesson, students complete book preview activities. Students 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. In 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.
Learners 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, learners 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.
Second graders complete a chart by using Spanish to obtain weather information on cities around the world. They report their findings to the class using Spanish phrases. They convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit and locate cities on wall map.
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.
Learners write with a command of the stylistic aspects of composition. They respond to non-print text. Students demonstrate working knowledge of syntactical choices. They construct sentences using descriptive language. Learners analyze tone based on syntactical choice.
Help young readers learn to read and interpret complex text independently. Teach young children to ask interpretive questions and use the text itself to answer them. Use art, word play and drama to provide a deeper understanding of stories. Richly detailed, the scripted five-day plan uses an annotated version of Grimms’ The Fisherman and His Wife to teach these essential skills. A great resource.
Ever wonder if your ELA lessons are hitting all of Bloom's levels? Here are eight pages of close reading questions that gradually build from the lowest to the highest levels of Bloom's taxonomy. This particular lesson focuses on a short selection of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short story "The Tell Tale Heart," but reviewing this resource may help you in crafting close reading assignments for any text your class may be reading. Included also are two extended writing prompts and a revision workshop activity. 
What fun! Thinking about thinking! Whether used as a bell ringer activity or to develop learners’ analytic skills, the 65 quotations contained in this packet are sure to develop metacognition skills. Each quote is listed by author, is accompanied by response questions, and suggestions for how to use the quote in the classroom. Also included is a link to a free site that allows writers to post and interact with other schools.

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