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The Language of Love
Students explore the images and idioms related to love in their own culture. They examine new rituals recently created in Japan by reading and discussing "Osaka Journal:Japanese Date Clubs Take the Muss Out of Mating."
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Recording a Dying Langauge
Is there value in preserving indigenous languages that are almost extinct? That's the question posed to viewers of a short film about the attempt of one Native American woman who is creating a dictionary for Wakchumni, the language of...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Similes and metaphors make writing more beautiful and detailed, but can be a little harder to decipher during a first reading. Use a passage from The Man Who Loved Words to show young readers how to think through passages that contain...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Songwriting Skill - Using Figurative Language: Miley Cyrus - “Driveway”
Miley Cyrus' "Driveway" provides young lyricists with an opportunity to identify figurative language in songs. After a guided practice exercise, individuals use the provided worksheets to find examples in the song and to add images to...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Joy Luck Club: Figurative Language
Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements
Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a lesson about literary devices. As class...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Figurative Language Strips
Identity figurative language with an activity that looks closely at the poem "The Final Deployment" by Anna Protkos. Scholars work collaboratively to examine the poem and determine how it uses similes, alliteration, metaphors,...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
What is Love?
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
5 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching Debate to ESL Students
Language learners use the debate format to practice formulating, expressing, and defending their ideas. Working in teams, class members develop resolutions, use opinion indicators to express their opinions and reasons, and prepare...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Plath, Personification, and Figurative Language in "Mirror"
What will your class members see in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"? After reading the poem, learners engage in a Socratic seminar prompted by the provided questions. Individuals then create an illustration, focusing on the personification and...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed