Students explore how works of art can be inspired by stories by creating their own work of art inspired by a narrative text.
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Interpreting the Story: Characterization and Plot
Imagine being trapped in a junkyard on Halloween by a drunken gunman! The main characters in Robert Jennings’ short story “Junkyard Jaunt,” have very different responses to this dilemma and readers will enjoy examining the personalities...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Learning to Become: Time Out for Reflection
Learners explore the Filipino culture. In this cultural appreciation lesson, high schoolers listen to choric interpretations and read selections about Filipino culture. They discuss the selections, complete questions about reported...
8th - 10th English Language Arts
Collective Memory and the Re-imagining of Monuments
Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Interpreting the Story: Focus on Style
The mock secret agent style of Mark Wenham’s short story “The Great Egg-Heist” is sure to engage your sophomores. After reading the story, class members note the spy story conventions and language Wenham uses and discuss how these...
10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Interpretations of the Golden Rules
Start by reading The Golden Rule, and then give your young writers a chance to ponder how they'd use the Golden Rule in their life. Young writers can write a short explanation and follow it with a detailed illustration, while more...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think
What's going on in this picture? That's the question posed to viewers of a 40-image slide show of photos that accompanies stories from the New York Times. Without captions or context clues, individuals use their close readings skills and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetry Archive
Listening to poems about feeling lonely and feeling like an outsider set the stage for a group activity that focuses on Stevie Smith's "Not Waving But Drowning." Groups examine the three stanzas of Smith's poem separately and identify in...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable