Be the Expert
In this writing worksheet, students write a set of instructions that explain how to do a certain task on the computer. Students choose from a given list of six different tasks.
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
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...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Reading Closely Teacher Manual
Wolves are the subject of a series of images, informational texts, videos, websites, and narratives. The activities prompt learners to use close reading skills, including reading closely for textual details, making evidence-based claims,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Close Reading: Becoming Experts on Specific Articles of the UDHR
A continuation of the previous lesson plan, which is part of a larger group of lessons on human rights (see additional materials). Here, in Lesson 7, your class will explore more articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Vocabulary Strategy for Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
Contumaciously, ignominiously, sagaciously. To dissuade readers from being transfixed by the erudite diction found in Great Expectations, class members engage in a desk-top teaching activity that asks them to not only find the definition...
6th - 10th English Language Arts
How Interesting Is It?
Discussing topics that other people are interested in is a key social skill that can often be overlooked. Here is a resource that supports learners in developing this life skill by first prompting them to consider a wide range of...
2nd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Launching Readers Theater Groups: Identifying Passages from Esperanza Rising for Readers Theater that Connect to the UDHR
Teach young readers how to compare two texts and select passages that exemplify a specific theme with Lesson 6 from Unit 3. Begin by modeling how an expert reader selects examples from a text, performing a think aloud on how Article 2 of...
5th - 7th 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
Greek Mythology Activities
Find all you'll need for a comprehensive, engaging unit on Greek mythology here! This resource is packed with worksheets and activities on everything from how to write a myth and the roles and symbols of the major Greek gods to oracles,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Stress Less: Understanding How Your Mind and Body Respond to Anxiety
What could be more relevant to teens and preteens than experiencing stress? Use an article from the New York Times website to practice valuable Common Core skills for informational text reading, and also get a discussion going in your...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed