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Anatomy in Latin
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.
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.
Reading Poetry: "love is a place" by E. E. Cummings
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.
Latin Syntax Review: Mythological Creatures
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 plan.
Delivering a Persuasive Speech
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.
Introduction to Latin Language
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.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm - "The Fisherman and his Wife"
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.
Speech Therapy Students Interact Between Schools
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.
Putting It All Together: Tone Analysis
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.
Latin Tutorial 1: Multiple-Choice Item Writing for Teachers
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.
Thinking Syntactically: Using non-print text to faciliate generation of syntax and analysis of tone
Students 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. Students analyze tone based on syntactical choice.
Break this presentation into two or three days so as not to overwhelm your kids. Fifty-four slides is a lot of slides, but the PowerShow is well-organized, and terms are defined clearly and illustrated in examples provided. A general overview of poetry, different poetic forms, and figurative language in poetry are all included.
Don't Call Me A Pig
First graders explore wildlife and habitats in the Arizona desert. Throughout a classroom discussion, 1st graders observe pictures of the desert and animals that live there. As they go on a nature walk around the school, students identify the four elements of a habitat. They share with a partner information they read and experienced in class.
Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph
Review the terms denotation, connotation, diction, and mood in paragraph writing. After defining the terms, middle schoolers practice writing examples of both connotation and denotation. They complete a connotation and denotation graphic organizer and chart, and then they practice incorporating the elements using the paragraphs on the final worksheet.
Students practice computer programming. In this technology lesson students use Kerpoof's Make a Movie to make three programs. This lesson includes vocabulary, instructions, worksheets, and resources
Creating a Tableau Vivant (living Painting) of the Fox Chase
Students research the characters depicted, by artists who worked in the Lyme Art Colony in the early 1900s, in the painting, "The Fox Chase" . They develop a script and staging for a scene in which the character might have lived. They perform the tableau vivant and reflect on other group's performances.
Late-breaking News: an In-depth Investigation of the Lyme Art Colony
Motivate your class with this art lesson relating to the Lyme Art Colony. Learners create a television news report based on five topics; the American art colony at Lyme, daily life in a boardinghouse in 1910, making the most of limited choices, the life and times of Florence Griswold, and American Impressionism. They use the Florence Griswold Museum's online resources to conduct research.
Early English Exploration and Settlement of the Colony of Virginia
With resource links, a detailed procedure, embedded primary source documents, and a Readers Theater script, you're ready to teach! Re-enact historical events in order to boost historical perspective, discern main ideas, and draw inferences. Read a historical document containing various perspectives on Columbus' journey to find new land. Use those documents as the basis for a Readers Theater performance focused on British colonization and commerce.
Waste to Watts
Eleventh graders construct their own calorimeter. In this physical science lesson, 11th graders determine the energy produced by plant products. They create a bar graph and analyze their results.
Teaching about slavery through newspaper advertisements
Advertisements from antebellum North Carolina that concern runaway slaves, and slaves for sale, make for an interesting study of American slavery. Learners investigate and gain experience working with primary sources, while connecting the past to the present as they analyze the slavery advertisements for typical items, details, and attitudes displayed in the syntax toward items wanted or lost.