Whatif by Shel Silverstein
What a skillful way to incorporate Shel Silverstein, a wonderful author, into the classroom. Composed of three tasks, children are led through a series of text-dependent questions that force them to unveil the meaning of Silverstein's...
3rd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Poet's Toolbox
If you need a instructional activity for your poetry unit, use two poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Rain in Summer" and "The Slave in the Dismal Swamp") and a resource on Elements of Poetry. The lesson plan guides you through...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades
Bring the beauty of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost to middle school language arts. After learners read a copy of the poem, they follow an instructional sequence that focuses on sound, figurative language, and theme.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Tone Worksheet 3
The interpretation of a poem often lies in the mind of its reader, especially when reading the tone. Focus on author's word choice, middle schoolers read four different poems and briefly state a perceived tone for each, along with the...
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece
Take a fascinating look into the many ways in which music played an absolutely integral role in the culture of ancient Greece. Rooted in ancient Greek mythology and the common medium through which all core disciplines were taught and...
5 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan: Blending Observation and Imagination
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts