I'm A Poet and Now I Know It
Eighth graders gather ideas generated from other poems and their own inspiration, to create original poetry. A celebration is included as students bind and submit poems for publication.
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Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen
It is entirely fitting and proper that Wilfred Owen’s powerful “Dulce et Decorum Est” is the poem used for an exercise in close reading, discussion, analysis, and argumentative writing. Class members discuss focus questions in pairs,...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
"The Glorious Whitewasher" from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain with Mini-Assessment
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence. Expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Eighth graders are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Now I Get It!—Improving Comprehension with Newspapers
Celebrated annually during the first full school week in March, Newspapers in Education Week recognizes the accomplishments of NIE programs across the country and around the world. This 2007 guide is packed with lessons, activities, a...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Study Guide: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Meant for use with Maya Angelou's first autobiographical volume I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the materials here are designed for a homeschool setting, but they'd suit any classroom or text. Graphic organizers, chapter summary guides,...
8th - 11th English Language Arts
Sixth Grade Poetry
Study some of the most prominent poets and works of poetry in history with a language arts poetry unit. From Virgil to Shakespeare to Dickinson to Angelou, the resources present biographies and examples of poetic elements to the sixth...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Students read the novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and complete a variety of activities. In this I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings lesson, students define vocabulary, develop a sense of historical empathy, and understand the changes...
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Sample Differentiated Language Arts
Meet the needs of all learners with this differentiated lesson plan. First, activate prior knowledge with a mini-lesson plan and examine one of the popular speeches, "I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr., or "New Frontier" by John....
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion as Text: Organizational, Grammatical, and Lexical Moves in Barbara Jordan’s All Together Now
A thorough lesson on persuasive writing takes middle schoolers through several activities, including group discussion, collaborative posters, and independent writing. They compare historical speeches and analyze the persuasive techniques...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Writing to a Historical Poet
Poetry is a very personal and introspective art form. Give your class the opportunity to understand how a poet's voice can speak to them on a personal level, and that every reader can respond to an author differently. After a poetic...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed