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A Personal Letter from Lois Lowry
In this personal letter from Lois Lowry, students read Lowry's response to several letters from her fans and delights in being able to reach the fans on a personal level.
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Utopias: Are Perfect Worlds Possible?
How would the members of your language arts class describe their own utopian universe? Middle schoolers discuss and design the attributes of their perfect worlds, complete with brochures, class discussions, and written arguments about...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Socratic Seminar on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail
Key in the struggle to gain the rights of democratic citizenship was the April 1963 arrest of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil disobedience. To deepen their knowledge and understanding of events during the civil rights movement,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Our “Civilized” Society
The Scarlet Letter is the anchor text in a four-week unit that examines Hawthorne's novel through the lens of the intolerances found in a supposed civilized society. In addition to their reading, class members watch clips from TV shows,...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Effective Communication: Listening, Speaking, Writing, Interpreting
Help young learners become active listeners and strong public speakers with a set of activities that range from paraphrasing, to discussions, and self-reflection. Additionally, the lessons address social media skills and non-verbal...
7th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Unsent Letter: Characterization in Briar Rose
After completing Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose, class members assume the voice of Gemma and craft a personal letter to her granddaughter telling Becca how she feels about Becca’s actions and the discoveries at Chelmno. Complete directions for...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Expressing Your Views to the Letter
Analyze the motivation, purpose, and value of letters to the editor by examining letters written in response to the violence at Columbine High School. For homework, middle and high schoolers write their own letters to the editor about an...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Dear Miss Breed
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable