Introduction to American Literature
Eleventh graders listen to a tape of the The Star Spangled Banner and decide what freedom means to them through freewriting and discussing the topic. Then, in small groups, 11th graders rewrite or create a new verse for The National Anthem.
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The Crucible Journal Project
While reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible, start or end each day with a journal activity. The project includes a list of prompts for each act of the play. Pupils choose a prompt every time they write and connect their own experiences to...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Coming to America After the War
As part of their exploration of the American dream, class members examine primary source materials to compare immigrant experiences of those arriving early in our country's history to those arriving in the US after World War II. To...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Edgar Allan Poe's Journey Through Life and Literature
How was Edgar Allan Poe able to create "intriguing, memorable, and lasting literature"? To answer this question, learners analyze the syntax, diction, and characterizations in Poe's poems and short stories and compare the impact of these...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review An Introduction to Thomas Paine's Common Sense
Most American are familiar with Thomas Paine's impassioned plea about the importance of liberty, but they may not be as familiar with the other ideas put forth in his pamphlet Common Sense. Introduce class members to Paine's...
3 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
An Introduction to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own
If you've ever wondered why the majority of historical writers are male rather than female, Virginia Woolf may have an answer for you. A video analysis of A Room of One's Own details Woolf's argument about women's stifled role in the...
4 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Scottsboro Boys and "To Kill a Mockingbird": Two Trials for the Common Core
Here's a must-have resource for anyone reading To Kill A Mockingbird or using Harper Lee's award-winning novel in a classroom. The packet contains Miss Hollace Ransdall's first-hand, factual account of the trials of the Scottsboro Boys,...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Creative Writing Unit: Analyzing, Interpreting, Discussing and Writing Various Genres of African-American Literature
A six-week unit takes high schoolers through various works of African-American literature, including poems, plays, and short stories. The lesson plan format includes a week-by-week description of activities, goals, materials, and...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
American Literature Poetry Project
Introduce your class to American poets with this 8-day research project. After reading sample poems, learners choose a poet to research. In the computer lab, scholars complete guided online research that they put together into a final...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Native American Literature
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the...
8th - 12th English Language Arts