Vocabulary Evaluation and Practice
Eighth graders are introduced to new vocabulary associated with communication. In groups, they discuss how they memorize vocabulary words and the importance of a large vocabulary. To end the lesson, they complete a vocabulary test.
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"In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez
Chapter six of In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez's historical novel about the Mirabal sisters, is the focus of a instructional activity that asks readers to define a list of vocabulary words and respond to a series of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
Advertising in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Persuasive Texts
Beginning a persuasive writing unit with your middle schoolers? Approach it through something that persuades us all: advertising! Through studying video and print advertisement, your class will practice Common Core skills for reading...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Credible Sources on the Internet: What to Trust, What to Dismiss and When to Cite a Source
Wait, you mean researchers don't all use Wikipedia? Teach your class about intelligent research with a lesson about evaluating digital sources. The lesson starts with a quickwrite and includes vocabulary exercises and several...
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Strengthen Argumentative Writing by Identifying an Opposing Claim
Many pupils do not understand how including an opposing claim in their essay will actually help their argument. However, they don't want their readers walking away thinking, But wait, what about...? A video expresses how to determine a...
5 mins 7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Evaluate an Argument by Assessing the Author's Claims and Evidence
It’s easy to get swept away by an impassioned writer; however, good readers evaluate the evidence an author presents and asks if the claims are backed by strong evidence. How to go about checking an author’s claims is modeled by a short...
9 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed