Common Core Aligned Resources for L.8.5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements
3rd - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a lesson about literary devices. As class...
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
Imagine what it was like to be a slave in the United States in 1845. Eighth graders are given an opportunity to experience life from the point of view of Frederick Douglass as they read and discuss an annotated passage from Narrative of...
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
8th CCSS: Adaptable
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,...
Putting It All Together: From Awareness of Mood to Analysis of Tone
6th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Stephen Vincent Benet’s, “By the Waters of Babylon,” offers learners a chance to examine the difference between mood and tone. After a close reading of an excerpt from the short story, the class lists the diction and imagery that builds...
Persuasion as Text: Organizational, Grammatical, and Lexical Moves in Barbara Jordan’s All Together Now
7th - 8th CCSS: Designed
A thorough lesson on persuasive writing takes middle schoolers through several activities, including group discussion, collaborative posters, and independent writing. They compare historical speeches and analyze the persuasive techniques...
Understanding Shakespeare: "When Icicles Hang By the Wall"
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the...
Newspapers in Your Life: What’s News Where?
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
New ReviewBig news isn't necessarily newsworthy everywhere! How do journalists decide what to cover with so much happening around them? A instructional activity on media literacy examines the factors that affect the media's choice of stories to...
In the Newsroom: The Fairness Formula
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
New ReviewReporting the news is easy, right? Think again! Show young scholars the difficult choices journalists make every day through a lesson that includes reading, writing, and discussion elements. Individuals compare the language and sources...
Lesson Two: The Earth, Introductory Activities
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Determine what young pupils already know about earth science with a brainstorming activity. After class members work together to complete a KWL chart about the Earth, they craft an acrostic poem to demonstrate their understanding.
A Wizard of Earthsea: Figurative Language
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Examine figurative language through the words of Ursula K. Le Guin in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea. The fifth lesson in a series of ten, the steps listed here ask pupils to go back into the text and find a striking sentence to analyze...