So, Who Is It?
Pupils brainstorm adjectives that describe people, discuss different ways of comparing and/or finding contrast in describing a person, and write drafts of their descriptions.
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The Dark Is Rising: Biopoem
How well do your learners really know the characters in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising? A biopoem activity prompts readers to investigate the characters and their traits. Line by line, writers add the characters' relatives,...
5th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Who is Responsible for Protecting Teens From Online Predators?
Class members learn how to challenge a speaker and how to respond to a challenge in an academic conversation skill-building exercise. After reading an annotated academic text and a fact sheet about protecting teens from online predators,...
7th - 10th English Language Arts
The Man Who Planted Trees
Grow an understanding of short story with a well-sequenced plan built around an Academy Award-winning short film. Class members explore the elements of an effective short story, and practice writing their own. They also watch the short...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Who Are You Online?
Online, you can represent yourself in a completely different way than you do in real life, but there are benefits and risks to doing so. Expose your class to online personas by showing and discussing a slide show of online gamers and...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What Is in a Sentence, Paragraph, and Story?
Language arts is made up of many parts. Learners review the parts of a sentence, as well as how to make a simple sentence into a complex sentence, before examining full paragraphs and identifying the topic, body, and concluding sentence...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Who IS Sherlock Holmes?
Who wears a Inverness cape, a dear-stalker hat, and smokes a calabash pipe? Why, it's elementary. It's Sherlock Homes, of course. But are these clues drawn from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories or from adaptations? Trace the evolution of...
5 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts
Who is Mark Zuckerberg?: Reading Informational Text
This New York Times "Learning Network" exercise provides 10 questions that apply to an article about Mark Zuckerberg. It poses key journalistic questions like, who, what, why, where, how, and when. This resource provides a nice, short...
9th - 11th English Language Arts
When Is It O.K. to Replace Human Limbs With Technology?
Today's blog topic is robotic limb replacement for amputees. Upper graders read the related article and argument, then compose a blog response that addresses the questions provided. This is a great way to get kids thinking about ethics,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts