Learners analyze piece of literature for symbolism and create a bookmark containing an illustration of the symbolism in it, a quote that shows the symbolism and an explanation of how this symbolism enhances the work.
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Can The Word Be a Fair and Just Place: Unit lesson 1
Lesson 1 kicks off a unit on fairness and analysis by building an understanding of what fairness is. Sixth graders view and analyze a photo, create a T-Chart, and discuss what it means to be fair and if the world is fair and just. They...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents
3D printers, selfie sticks, smart watches. GPS, self-driving cars, YouTube. Imagine life without inventions. Believe it or not, these items were all invented in the last 10 years. Inventions, and the inventors responsible for them, are...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Oliver Twist Goes to Hollywood
How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages...
5th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The instructional activity detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Note-Taking: K.I.S.S. "Keep It Short and Simple"
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
It's a Whatchamacallit
Learners formulate new applications for simple machines in an original invention that solves a common problem. They brainstorm ideas for a new product using simple machines and communicate a finished project through an oral, written, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable