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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 3

For Teachers 6th Standards
If you're looking to set your class up for writing effective arguments, try out this idea. While originally created with freedom as a guiding idea, the activity could easily be adapted for other themes. As a class, create a chart of...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 4

For Teachers 6th Standards
Get started with The Cay. First, provide some background information and images that relate to the novel. Then pupils can create double-entry journals. Once that is complete, read the first two chapters, encouraging individuals to record...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 6 Close Reading

For Teachers 6th Standards
Look back at the third chapter of The Cay with your class. Pupils will conduct a close reading, taking a second look at a chunk of text and responding to a series of text-dependent questions. Wrap up with an analytical writing prompt...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 11: Setting

For Teachers 6th Standards
Encourage your learners to examine the setting in Theodore Taylor's The Cay. Pupils work in small groups to put together a description of the setting before reading two more chapters of the book. They use their double-entry journals to...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 12: Story Event

For Teachers 6th Standards
Focus on plot and the impact-specific events in The Cay. Class members use their double-entry journals, created in a previous lesson in this series, to record their thinking about the guiding question as they read chapters 15 through 17....
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 15: Theme

For Teachers 6th Standards
Build understanding of theme with an activity designed for The Cay and the Common Core. Small groups or pairs use graphic organizers to determine themes, find and record related details from the text, and formulate theme statements. In...
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Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson plan does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied...
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Cambridge Ideas - How Many Lightbulbs?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Humans have become addicted to fossil fuels. From pumping oil into our cars, to burning natural gas to heat our water, or using coal to create electricity that lights our homes, we are constantly relying on these nonrenewable resources....
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Comma Practice

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Could your language arts class use some practice with commas? Use these pages to work on separating adjectives with commas, setting off introductory words, and appositives. The worksheets prompt kids to copy the sentences onto another...
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Commas

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Commas are a great way to vary your sentences! Middle schoolers insert commas into a paragraph to separate items in a series and to indicate an introductory word. For extra practice, use these sentences in your Daily Oral Language...
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Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Encourage your pupils to write about personal experiences with regard to participating in activities that don't involve media. Start off by reading several of the included poems and modeling how to write about a memory. Class members can...
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“What to Do?” Poster

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Divide your class into groups of four and send them off to make posters about what to do instead of watching television! First, though, you might follow the brainstorming plan outlined in this resource. Follow up the poster creation with...
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Introductory Phrases with Commas

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
New ReviewFollowing a presentation on introductory phrases with commas, small groups examine a sentence without punctuation. They read the sentence and discuss its meaning to identify the proper location for a comma. Pupils put pen to paper to...
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The President Under the Articles of Confederation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Articles of Confederation sounds like one big, fancy title to middle schoolers. Here, scaffolded steps help to ease novices into understanding this all-important American document. Discussion questions, instructional activity...
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Using Commas, ESL

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Put those comma skills to the test with a straightforward practice exercise. Learners rewrite 10 sentences to include the missing commas.
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Comma Usage

For Students 4th - 10th Standards
Sometimes it feels like young writers just place commas as they please! Ensure that your pupils uses these important punctuation marks properly by requiring them to study the information here and complete the grammar exercise....
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Commas

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Help your pupils punctuate properly! This particular instructional activity focuses on commas and requires learners to write original sentences that fulfill certain comma requirements.
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Punctuating Dialogue

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
What did she say? Invite your class to make sense of these grammatically incorrect sentences by adding in punctuation and capitalization. All of the sentences include dialogue, so learners will have to practice their knowledge about how...
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The Swiss Family Robinson Teacher's Notes

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Guide young readers through the classic novel The Swiss Family Robinson with this collection of activities and worksheets. From basic spelling and grammar practice, to reading comprehension skills, this resource will enhance children's...
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Components of Effective Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
What makes writing powerful, persuasive, and effective? According to this resource: focus, organization, support, and conventions. Each of these categories is paired with a guiding question and clip art for color and aesthetics.
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Italics, Underlining, Quotation Marks Worksheet

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Tired of reminding your class about what punctuation and formatting to use for books, plays, stories, poems, songs, etc.? Ask them to practice with the eight sentences provided here. Each sentence has at least one item to underline,...
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Apostrophes Worksheet

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Send your pupils on a hunt for the missing apostrophes! There are more than 20 missing from the paragraph, and it is the job of your class members to find at least 20. The paragraph includes various situations in which apostrophes are...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 17: Obituary

For Teachers 6th Standards
The Cay has been criticized by groups such as the Council on Interracial Books for Children because of the way race is portrayed. Explore the argument against the book while taking the author's perspective into account. Class members...
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 8: Character

For Teachers 6th Standards
Characters often change over the course of a story or novel. Use the sample graphic organizer provided here to track how the narrator has responded to the sequence of events in chapter four through six of The Cay. In addition to this...