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Students hone their skills at identifying the principle story in a work of art and text. Through discussion, students assess the central and supporting stories of a work of art that is characterized by multiple layers of action and meaning.
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 2
Use Langston Hughes's poem, "Words Like Freedom," to explore the concepts of freedom and liberty. Learners read the poem, determine the theme, and use the provided graphic organizer to examine the connotative and denotative meanings of...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Days 13 and 14
How important are sound effects in films? In stage plays? In radio programs? To gain an understanding of the impact of these special effects, class members watch a short video spoof of the sound in a scene from Star Wars: A New...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Meet the Nonfiction Main Idea Challenge
Help your class develop the ability to determine a main idea with a packet of materials that you can introduce and use over a period of time. The packet includes some information for the teacher and rationale for the exercises. There are...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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
I Can Sequence Important Events
After reading any short informational or fictional text, ask your class to analyze the important events. They note down three important events on a short timeline, describing the events with either words or drawings. After this, pupils...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Learning the Comprehension Strategies
Eighth through eleventh graders practice six reading comprehension strategies: connecting, visualizing, questioning, inferring, determining importance in text, and synthesizing. Each strategy is practiced using a different picture book...
8th - 11th English Language Arts
Determine the Central Idea of a Text by Paying Attention to Main Events
Concentrate on the most important idea in an informational text by looking at the supporting details and composing a one-sentence statement about the central idea. In the video, the narrator makes a timeline of events in "The Little...
7 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed