What Did You Say?
Twelfth graders identify main ideas in reading selections. They read newspaper letters to the editor, identify the main ideas, list the supporting details, and present each side of the issue to the class.
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What Is the Writing Process?
Use this packet to support a narrative writing assignment. The materials included in the packet center around a prompt for writing about a rite of passage. Each part of the writing process is described and demonstrated. After reading the...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Section 6 (pg 98-116) - Mitch Albom
Readers of Mitch Albom’s, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, are asked to respond to a series of interpretative and analytical questions using lines from the novel to support their answers. The instructional activity could be used as a...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Using TED Talks and Non-Print Texts to Address Reading and Speaking and Listening Standards
Who says that reading has to involve text? Use non-print texts, including videos, TED talks, and podcasts in your classroom to teach skills associated with nonfiction reading, including evaluating claims, finding main ideas, and...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
What a Character! Comparing Literary Adaptations
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Student Opinion: What Do You Read, and How Do You Read It?
Stimulate discussion with this brief article and series of questions related to reading habits. This resource, from the New York Times' The Learning Network, asks learners to comment on their own reading habits. You could have your class...
8th - 12th English Language Arts
What Do You Really Mean?: Satire, Irony, and Social Commentary
Did you know that the term sarcasm come from a Greek word meaning to tear flesh? If you are considering a study of satire, parody, or irony, your class will benefit from a look at key terms associated with social commentary.
10th - 12th English Language Arts
How Did Dracula Become the World's Most Famous Vampire?
What has copyright law have to do with the Dracula, the most famous vampire in history? Check out the twisted tale of how a fight over the royalty rights to Bram Stoker's novel gave immortality to the blood sucker.
5 mins 6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
It's All in the Way You Say It
High schoolers unearth multiple meanings based on connotation and cadence. After defining denotation, connotation, and cadence, readers evaluate similar words to compare connotations. They then play with how cadence affects meaning by...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable