Students brainstorm a list of words and phrases that describe how it feels to be a "new kid" in school. They choose a neigborhood and compare and contrast it with their own.
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Taking a Stand on Public Policy
Relate policy decisions to classroom activities. In order to prepare for a writing activity in which they will need to choose a side, learners are first given a sample policy for which they must choose yes or no and walk to the side of...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Count of Monte Cristo: Questioning Strategy – Tossed Terms
Do you know the setting of The Count of Monte Cristo? What about the main characters? Explore the elements of Alexandre Dumas' novel with a reading comprehension activity. Kids toss boxes with literary elements written on each side, and...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Wizard of Earthsea: Biography
Begin a study of A Wizard of Earthsea by looking closely at biographical information about the author, Ursula K. Le Guin, and previewing the text. Pupils listen to an audio guide and take notes for discussion. Next, the class reads two...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 9
Are we interested in crime stories because we either identify with the victims, or do we enjoy watching the rich suffer? Do we feel guilty and want someone to take our blame and let us feel innocent? Groups investigate how the author of...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Biographical Criticism and the Speaker of a Poem
Author's are often influenced by events in their own lives as they write. Use Edgar Allan Poe's poems "Ulalume" and "Annabel Lee" to take a look at how the death of Poe's wife affected his poetry. Ask young scholars to discuss and...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable