Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba
Students explore palindromes and try writing some of their own. A second lesson centers around French food and restaurants. They create a business plan and menu for an imaginary French restaurant.
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"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth
Read William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" with your poetry enthusiasts. First, learners review seven literary terms (like quatrain, hyperbole, and alliteration), and then they read the poem at hand. Using the second page,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
New Review Famous Speeches: Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
The 1963 March on Washington, powerfully punctuated by Martin Luther King's impassioned "I Have a Dream" speech, was instrumental in passing the Civil Rights Act just one year later. A reading assignment presents the written speech...
2nd - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Sample Differentiated Language Arts
Meet the needs of all learners with this differentiated lesson. First, activate prior knowledge with a mini-lesson and examine one of the popular speeches, "I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr., or "New Frontier" by John. F....
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"I Can” Common Core! 6th Grade Writing
It is impossible to know whether one has reached a goal without first knowing the goal. Help your sixth graders reach all the Common Core writing standards by giving them a checklist written in language they will understand. As you teach...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"Where Am I?" Reading Guide and Activities
Did you ever wonder how early sailors were able to navigate their way across the seas? Groups access an article about mapmaking and the New World that details the methods and technologies early explorers used to guide them on their...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
“I Can” Common Core! 4th Grade Language
Lead your class through the Common Core standards for language with a checklist made up of "I Can" statements. The standards have been simplified slightly to help forth graders better understand the content, but you will most likely need...
4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
I Can Write a Poem
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object
Don't just teach your ELA class about point-of-view, get them writing! Read the illustrated book I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket to your class and discuss how the story is told from the first-person point of view of an inanimate object: a...
6th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"
“Still I Rise,” is the focus of a two-day exercise that asks learners to trace the development of the theme of emotional opposites (hopelessness/rising above adversity) by highlighting details in Maya Angelou’s poem. They then craft...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable