Reading 2 Project: from "Staying Alive" Survival Poem
In this quick project worksheet, students compose a free-verse poems about the theme of survival as they follow the 4 step procedure listed on the sheet.
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry lesson could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar and listen to an...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Book Trailer Projects From Classroom to Community
Invite your pupils to express their understanding of a novel through a collaborative video project. Groups choose a novel from those you have studied in class, select four scenes, storyboard the scenes, film the scenes, edit the film,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The lesson provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Island of the Blue Dolphins Final Project
As your class finishes its reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins, allow your students to choose from this list of final projects. From creating a shoebox museum or researching modern day survival stories, to writing a diary or newspaper...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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
Reading Closely For Textual Details: "And, above all, we had to learn English."
Only a thorough understanding of history can save us from repeating it. Practice close reading skills with an eighth grade unit that focuses on 19th century America, including European immigration into Ellis Island and Frederick...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address provides the text for a series of close reading exercises that model for instructors how carefully crafted guiding questions can help readers think critically about what they read, thus developing...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Using Think-Alouds to Improve Reading Comprehension
Watch literacy scores rise as upper elementary and middle school students begin to improve their reading comprehension using these think-aloud strategies. Versatile for multiple grade levels and reading units, the activities focus both...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Imagery and Personification
Imagery is the focus of this lesson, featuring "The Moon is distant from the Sea" by Emily Dickinson. Readers discuss the lunar cycle and its connection to the speaker's desires, and then choose an image from the poem to compare to their...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable