Common Core Aligned Resources for RL.8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
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More Than Mud and Cooties: The Poetry of World War I Soldiers
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Poetry is not just for romance. Teach middle schoolers about soldiers' experiences during World War I with poetry written by the soldiers themselves. The lesson includes a simulation activity, a graphic organizer activity, and a...
A Reading Guide to A Wrinkle in Time
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Accompany a reading of Madeleine L'Engle's classic tale, A Wrinkle in Time, with a detailed guide equipped with 15 informative and useful chapters. Scholars discover who the author is, why she wrote the book, and crucial story elements...
A Common Core Approach to Teaching Of Mice and Men
8th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Whether or not your school/state has adopted the Common Core standards, you will want to add this resource to your Of Mice and Men curriculum materials. The chapter-by-chapter activities ask readers to provide evidence from the novella...
Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library, whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core. Designed for middle and high school language arts classes, the packet is packed with teaching tips, materials,...
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself
7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
The narrative works of Frederick Douglass engage learners in the topic of slavery. They will experience American history in a new way, a Douglass expresses his thoughts in his own words. Pupils then interpret this literary work.
Figurative Language and Word Choice: A Closer Look at Bud, Not Buddy
6th CCSS: Adaptable
The difference between an average piece of writing and an unforgettable piece of writing can lie in the author's word choice. The figurative language in Chapter 2 of Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Medal winner, Bud, Not Buddy, is the...
Graphic Organizers for Reading Strategies
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Help your pupils grow the reading strategies they need to succeed by supporting them with various graphic organizers. This packet includes a wealth of attractively formatted graphic organizers for predicting, keeping track of plot,...
Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
4th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer...
Using Descriptive Words and Phrases to Picture a Poem
3 mins 7th - 9th CCSS: Designed
One of the strategies expert readers use while unpacking a new or complex text is visualization. Use the video as a model of how to visualize while reading a poem. After reading "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth, class members go back...
Analyze How Rhythm Creates a Feeling Within a Poem
5 mins 7th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Poems are meant to be read aloud, and poets intentionally choose particular words and phrases to make the experience of listening to a poem powerful and meaningful. The video focuses on how rhythm and feeling are connected in the poem...
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...
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...
Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they...
The Beginning of the Storm
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
New ReviewIntroduce readers to Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry with a lesson that sets the context for the novel. Class members research the bigotry in Mississippi during the Great Depression and identify examples in the story of how...