The Whole Story
Students collect and convey information about a current event. By focusing on who, what, when, where, why, and how questions, students study to thoroughly analyze and report on important world events.
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The Power of Point of View
Sometimes a whole story can change based on the perspective of the person telling it. Practice identifying and analyzing point of view in various reading passages and writing assignments with a language arts packet, complete with Common...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Reading Literature - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce’s short story, is used to model how structural moves, the decisions an author makes about setting, point of view, time order, etc., can be examined to reveal an author’s purpose. Groups...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A Retrieved Reformation
Use O. Henry's short story "A Retrieved Reformation" as a way to discuss identity and if a person can change his or her identity. Learners read the story and respond to text-based questions as well as questions that are referred to as...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Stories Then and Now: Gods, Heroes, and Avatars
Argh! Flash Gordon, Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, Valmiki's The Ramayana. Stories of heroes and villains fascinate. And although the tales are reinterpreted over time, and as they...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: What Makes a Writer Great?
Close up your unit on Edgar Allan Poe by allowing time for reflection. First, small groups discuss themes of Poe's work. Next, the whole class discusses the characteristics of a great writer and connects this topic to Poe. Finally, class...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Don't Get Lost in Story Writing: Story Maps
Ease young writers into the process of writing a story with a colorful presentation on story maps. Viewers use the provided sentence frames to craft a sample story as guided practice. They then draft their own stories to share with the...
4th - 9th English Language Arts
Use Transition Words, Clauses, and Phrases to Convey Sequence in a Story
Narrative writing should flow in a natural and logical way. The video provides a model of how to revise a draft to include transition words and phrases. The narrator focuses in on a short passage in her response to "A Pair of Silk...
7 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Explore how photographs can represent a whole story to a viewer. Middle schoolers work on narrative writing techniques in this lesson, focusing on photographs from the New York Times to write first-person descriptive narratives....
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable