Definitely define it
Students investigate and describe reasons for their guesses and how to discern the truth in what they are told. They create false definitions to accompany the real ones. They are graded on initiative, participation, cooperation and creativity.
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"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
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter: Vocabulary List
A staggering amount of work went into compiling this vocabulary resource for Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. The overview provides a rationale for the strategy and information about tier 1, 2, and 3 words. The 19-page...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
What is an Atlatl?
Let's go an an archaeological dig! Prepare your kids with a list of vocabulary terms relating to archaeology, including different types of items that one might find. They study pictures of each item and play a memory game based on the...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Nonsense words, rhyming verse, and word puzzles: it must be time for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! Introduce young learners to the true wonders of Carroll's text with a series of activities that encourage creativity,...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Skill Lessons – Prefixes and Suffixes
Sometimes the best way to understand a concept is to break it down. Young vocabulary pupils work with word parts in a hands-on activity that prompts them to connect flash cards with affixes to their root and base words. Additionally,...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Poetics of Hip Hop
The Bard, Nikki Giovanni, Mos Def? “Sonnet 18,” Ego Tripping,” and “Black on Both Sides”? Sure! It’s the poetics. Class members compare the lyrics, rhythm, and rhyme in classic poetry to hip-hop in a richly detailed resource that...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Allowing Students to Explore Simple Physics and Marketing in English Class
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable