Students close their eyes and listen for one minute to whatever sounds occur. They write what they heard on slips of paper. They select some of these and write them down in a sequence that seems right to them.
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Character Traits: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording...
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Lesson Plan 12: Writing With All Your Senses
What does an ice cream sundae sound like? Challenge young writers to move beyond visual descriptions and craft details that appeal to all five senses. The examples provided by the script in this resource show pupils how to create rich...
4th - 11th English Language Arts
YANG AND THE YOUNGEST AND HIS TERRIBLE EAR
Students perform a web scavenger hunt to find information about the author of the book, YANG THE YOUNGEST AND HIS TERRIBLE EAR. They develop an understanding of how writers use personal experience to add voice to their writing.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
How Many Languages Do You Speak When You Speak English?
What do the words pizza, broccoli, and ciao have in common? Why they are all English words that originally came from Italian. Ask your middle schoolers to guess the origins of a list of words by matching the word with the language from...
3 mins 6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have A Dream" is hailed as one of the most eloquent and moving speeches of the 20th century. But what makes his words hit his listeners' ears in just the right ways? Young orators study Dr. King's...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Understand Figurative Language: "Play it by Ear"
Looking for a great lesson on idioms? Don't play it by ear, come prepared! With this instructional video, you can review the concept of an idiom with your class and then examine one particular idiom ("Play it by Ear") with creative...
2 mins 5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed