Students write poetry using voice and strong ideas. In this creative writing lesson, students read the poem, "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne, and then write a similar poem giving personality to their own object or idea and using strong voice.
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Understanding Shakespeare: "Sonnet 18"
Give life to a study of sonnets with a plan that models a lovely and more temperate approach to literary analysis. The resource packet includes a carefully scaffolded plan, graphic organizers, a copy of the poem, and everything else...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Breaking the Code: Actions and Songs of Protest
Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil changed history. Their sit-in at the lunch counter of the Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960 became a model for the nonviolent protests that...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Epic Poetry Unit
The Odyssey is the core text in this unit study of the hero's journey motif. Along the way, kids research Greek and Roman history, mythology, art, and epic poetry. The 104-page packet is perfect for homeschool or classroom situations and...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library, whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core. Designed for middle and high school language arts classes, the packet is packed with teaching tips, materials,...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Imagery and Personification
Imagery is the focus of this lesson, featuring "The Moon is distant from the Sea" by Emily Dickinson. Readers discuss the lunar cycle and its connection to the speaker's desires, and then choose an image from the poem to compare to their...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
8th Grade Reading Comprehension Success
Augment your eighth grade language arts curriculum with a thorough set of reading comprehension activities and assessments. Focusing on a variety of skills, including vocabulary in context, text structure, main idea, and author's style,...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals
One of the many challenges in creating a poetry unit is selecting illustrative poems and designing activities to accompany each lesson. Here's a carefully crafted resource that can be used as a poetry unit or the individual lessons can...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Tuck Everlasting: Concept Analysis
Base your unit about Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting on a helpful concept guide. Detailing the literary elements as well as any possible affective issues for instruction, the guide would be a great way to begin planning your lessons.
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 2, Lesson 1
Delve into the heart of dramatic dialogue with a unit focused on Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Having completed an online exploration about ancient Greece beforehand, ninth graders read the opening lines of the play and analyze how...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed