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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A, eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of the American soldier, Louie Zamperini, imprisoned by the Japanese and Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 2: Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the second unit of Module 3A eighth-graders continue their study of forced invisibility by reading a case study of American soldier Louie Zamperini imprisoned by the Japanese and of Mine Okubo, a Japanese-American interned in the US...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3b: The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States takes center stage in a three-unit module that focuses particularly on The Little Rock Nine. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s, A Mighty Long Way, and Shelley Tougas’ photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2a: Working With Evidence: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
In the three units in Grade 8, ELA Module 2A, eighth-graders continue their study of the theme of taking a stand. In Unit 1, scholars develop their close reading skills as they examine speeches of real people taking a stand. They...
50 Items in Collection
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Persuasive Writing

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Aesop claimed that the art of persuasion is often more effectual than force. Guide your writers through the writing process of creating strong, effective persuasive essays and speeches using the lesson plans, videos, worksheets, and unit...
4 Items in Collection
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Flocabulary: Language Arts

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Viewers of a four-video collection can go with the flow as they listen and watch raps about hyperbole, types of text structure, pronouns, and setting. The clever animation, rhymes, repetition, and catchy music are sure to engage the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 3: Bringing the Journey to Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
The final unit in the 3B Module asks eight graders to plan a film, with a sound track, about The Little Rock Nine using Carlotta Walls La Nier's memoir A Mighty Long Way, as a jumping off point. The eight lessons in the collection...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 3: Becoming Visible Again: Finding Freedom and Recovering Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
In this eight-lesson collection, eighth-graders finish reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and write a narrative about Mine Okubo's life after internment. After assessing the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Taking a Stand

For Teachers 8th Standards
Taking a stand is the theme of Module 2. Students continue to develop their close reading skills, study a speaker's perspective, and analyze how writers craft an argument. The core texts for Unit 1 include speeches by Shirley Chisholm...
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Reading Informational Text: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Develop informational reading skills that your students can bring to every academic textbook, newspaper article, or political speech they encounter. With lesson plans, projects, and reading passages, a collection featuring resources that...
22 Items in Collection
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Language: 6th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th Standards
Support sixth grade English language arts instruction—grammar, spelling, and vocabulary—with a collection compiled of units, lesson plans, worksheets, printables, videos, and activities many of which can be implemented at any time of the...
35 Items in Collection
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Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Transform drafting into crafting with a collection of materials designed to enrich your seventh grade writing unit. Each resource addresses one or more Common Core standards for persuasive writing, informational writing, and narrative...
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Language: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Fix those affixes and position those prepositions with a collection of grammar lessons for seventh grade. Complete with worksheets, presentations, videos, and activities, and ranging in skill level, the collection is sure to shore up a...
23 Items in Collection
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Reading Literature: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Align your curriculum to the rigorous Common Core standards with a collection of reading lessons, activities, worksheets, and projects. From literary themes to annotation skills, the resources fold into any reading curriculum to ensure...
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Metaphors, Similes, Symbolism - Oh My!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Put some flavor and zest into your middle schoolers' writing with a collection on figurative language. With worksheets, presentations, projects, and lesson plans, you'll be sure to find something perfect for your writing unit.
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Reading Informational Text: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
The majority of text that seventh graders encounter is informative, whether they are viewing television commercials, reading science textbooks, or perusing an article about current events. Equip your class with the skills necessary to...
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Writing: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Turn students into scribes with a selection of resources designed for Common Core writing standards. With at least one resource aligned to each standard, the collection is a step in the "write" direction. Refer to the notes on each...
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Introductory News Literacy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Aspiring journalists learn about media literacy, journalism, and the press. Units come complete with handouts, assignment rubrics, notes, and extension suggestions. Each unit also comes with a list of vocabulary words and learning...
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Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
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 instructional activity about literary devices. As...
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The Glorious Whitewasher

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young readers can be exposed to the literary works of Mark Twain as they interact with challenging text and gain experience by reading the complex passages of chapter two "The Glorious Whitewasher" from his famous book, The Adventures of...
1 In 1 Collection
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The Diary of a Young Girl

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
This is an absolute must-have resource for teachers who are preparing to study the Diary of Anne Frank with their class. It includes five weeks of exceptionally organized lessons, worksheets, and collaborative projects, as well as links...
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Become a Journalist

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspaper's role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news...
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Character Analysis - "Edna's Ruthie" from The House on Mango Street

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
The residents of Mango Street come alive because of the language Sandra Cisneros uses. Readers examine this language, particularly appositives, to see how how Cisneros builds the character of Edna's Ruthie.
3 In 3 Collections
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Figurative Language Packet

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A definitive resource for your figurative language unit includes several worksheets and activities to reinforce writing skills. It addresses poetic elements such as simile and metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and idioms, and...
2 In 2 Collections
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

For Teachers 8th - 9th Standards
"It is my lady, O, It is my Love!" Provide class members an opportunity to develop their skills reading difficult text with an exercise that focuses on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet (Act II, scene ii). Using the provided...
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Imagine what it was like to be a slave in the United States in 1845. Eighth graders are given an opportunity to experience life from the point of view of Frederick Douglass as they read and discuss an annotated passage from Narrative of...
3 In 3 Collections
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Persuasion as Text: Organizational, Grammatical, and Lexical Moves in Barbara Jordan’s All Together Now

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
A thorough lesson on persuasive writing takes middle schoolers through several activities, including group discussion, collaborative posters, and independent writing. They compare historical speeches and analyze the persuasive techniques...
2 In 2 Collections
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Language Analysis: “I Have a Dream”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Middle schoolers take a close look at Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and use a language analysis sheet to determine if King's sentences make use of active or passive voice. They then move their attention back to take A...
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Analyzing an Author’s Craft: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
Find your voice. Readers look at a passage from A Mighty Long Way and discuss what it means for Carlotta to find her own voice. After discussing figurative language and idioms, learners listen to the the song "This Little Light of Mine"...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing an Author’s Craft: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
What's an appropriate response? Scholars open the text A Mighty Long Way to see how Carlotta responded to racism, discrimination, and abuse. They work in pairs to answer questions regarding her responses. To finish, they use a Dignity...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing Author’s Craft: “I Have a Dream”

For Teachers 8th Standards
It's time to make some connections! Scholars complete a close reading of the speech I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. They use a I Have a Dream Speech Gist Note-catcher and I Have a Dream text-dependent questions to guide their...
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Is That Rhetorical?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young speechifiers learn how to identify ethos (ethical), pathos (emotional (pathos), and logos (logical) appeals used by orators to sway their audiences. They then demonstrate what they have learned by identifying these elements in...
2 In 2 Collections
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Analysis of Language Techniques

For Teachers 8th Standards
Show what you know. Learners demonstrate their level of English grammar and usage mastery by completing a pen and paper assessment of verbals and verb shifts. In addition they begin composing a book review based on an independent reading...
2 In 2 Collections
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Launching the Performance Task

For Teachers 8th Standards
This word or that, this picture or that. Individuals dive into the lives of The Little Rock Nine and the connotation used in the book A Mighty Long Way as they begin the performance task. The task scenario establishes literature lovers...
3 In 3 Collections
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Introducing a Thematic Concept: Becoming Visible Again after Captivity

For Teachers 8th Standards
Share your thoughts. Scholars use Think-Pair-Share to answer questions related to Louie in Unbroken. The whole class works to complete the Becoming Visible Again anchor chart to better understand the theme of the text. They write an...
3 In 3 Collections
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Analyzing a Thematic Concept: Becoming Visible after Captivity

For Teachers 8th Standards
Have some dignity. Readers describe the word dignity using a word web and then sort Louie's actions into categories of reconnecting or dignity with a Visibility Double Arrow graphic organizer. They then use all of their ideas and...
3 In 3 Collections
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Character Analysis: Resilience

For Teachers 8th Standards
A Three Threes in a Row note catcher enables class members to dig deeper into the theme in Unbroken. They work with partners for 10 minutes and then rotate around the room to work with others. After regrouping and class discussion,...
3 In 3 Collections
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Introducing a Thematic Concept in This Unit: The “Invisibility” of Captives during WWII

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars discuss the phrase identity is erased and how it relates to the theme of invisibility. They use their Understanding Invisibility note catcher to identify how invisibility may occur within a person. They then work on a Gathering...
2 In 2 Collections
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Analyzing a Central Idea: Carlotta’s Journey to Justice

For Teachers 8th Standards
Verbs are deceptive and like to disguise themselves. Young linguists identify verbals, specifically gerunds, infinitives, and participles in the context of analyzing the third stage of Carlotta's journey in the novel A Mighty Long Way....
5 In 5 Collections
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Analyzing a Thematic Concept: The Invisibility of Captives during WWII

For Teachers 8th Standards
Have a little dignity! Readers complete a word web based on the word dignity. They use their Understanding Invisibility note catcher to discuss how dignity relates to the theme of invisibility. After group discussion comparing...
2 In 2 Collections
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Grade 8 Module 2B: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 8th Standards
Annoyed or bewitched. What effect does an author's word choice have on a text? Scholars begin the lesson by analyzing word choice in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next, learners take a closer look at the narrative structure...
2 In 2 Collections
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Final Performance Task: Becoming Visible Again

For Students 8th Standards
It's task time! Scholars complete the final instructional activity of the unit by completing a performance task. Readers begin in groups working on a task card. Once complete, they then move to an independent task in which they write...
2 In 2 Collections
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End of Unit Assessment: Analysis of Language Techniques

For Students 8th Standards
Watch your language! Scholars work on an end-of-unit assessment in which they demonstrate the language skills they learned. Questions ask readers to work with different types of verbs and mood all pertaining to the text in Unbroken.
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Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author’s Craft: Part 1

For Teachers 8th Standards
Using the resource, scholars complete a mid-unit assessment to gauge their learning at the halfway point of the unit. Pupils read the myth "The Harvest That Never Came" and plot its narrative structure.
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Figurative Language for Edgar Allen Poe

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Are your classes weary of dreary worksheets? Are the learners nearly napping? Thrill them, fill them with delight with an interactive worksheet that asks them to identify the figurative language Edgar Allen Poe uses to add horror and...
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Analyzing Poems from Inside Out and Back Again to Develop Criteria for an Effective Poem

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars analyze a model poem to help guide their own poetry writing. They use Think-Pair-Share to discuss word choice and meaning in "Papaya Tree" and "Wet and Crying." To finish, they use their discussions to collect evidence on what...
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Catching a Grenade: How Word Choice Impacts Meaning and Tone

For Students 8th Standards
Beyonce's "Halo" and Bruno Mars' "Grenade" provide eighth graders with an opportunity to consider how a writer's choice of words can create a very different tone even when the subject is the same. After a close reading of both lyrics,...
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End of Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Author’s Craft in To Kill a Mockingbird: Allusions, Text Structure, Connections to Traditional Themes, and Figurative Language

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars demonstrate their learning with an end-of-unit assessment. They work independently to discuss the Golden Rule and its relationship in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Rereading and Close Reading: Communism, “The Vietnam Wars,” and “Last Respects”

For Teachers 8th Standards
What might a papaya symbolize? Using the resource, scholars look for examples of symbolism in the novel Inside Out & Back Again. They also participate in a silent discussion called a Chalk Talk, writing their responses to a...
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Understanding Puns

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
"Dad jokes" aren't the only ways to hear some groan-worthy puns! A poetry instructional activity explores how figurative language, particularly puns, can make poetry funny, before class members create their own silly poems.
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Figuring Out Figurative Language in The Outsiders

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is well known for its relatable characters and plot, but don't forget how effective the book's figurative language can be! Check out an interactive resource that explores how figurative language comes alive...
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How to Write a Diamante Poem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
A lesson begins with a description of a diamante poem and the rules to follow while writing one. Scholars examine the ins and outs of synonym and antonym diamantes, then compose an original poem using their newfound knowledge. 
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Personification Poetry Lesson Plan

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Scholars take part in two exercises to boost their knowledge of personification. After reading a detailed description and excerpts from famous poems, writers list action verbs and objects then combine words to create a humorous...
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How to Write a Free Verse Poem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Budding poets compose an original free verse poem. Encouraged to use personification and alliteration, scholars read over three tips and examples then try their hand at drafting a poem of their own style.  
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Onomatopoeia Poetry Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Two exercises boost scholars' knowledge of a onomatopoeia with excerpts from famous poems. In exercise one, participants circle onomatopoeia words. Exercise two challenges writers to choose three words to use in an original poem.
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Creativity Exercise - Describe the Sky

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Scholars stretch their writing muscles with an exercise that asks them to describe the sky using similes and metaphors. 
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Alliteration and Assonance Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Scholars analyze the poem My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye by Ken Nesbitt in order to locate examples of alliteration and assonance. After reading the poem, alliterative words are underlined and assonant words are circled. 
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How to Write an Alliteration Poem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Learners follow five steps to compose an alliteration poem. They choose one consonant and brainstorm as many nouns, verbs, and adjectives they can think of to create rhyming sentences that come together in a poetic fashion. 
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Examine the lives of four women—Blanche Stuart Scott, Madeleine L'Engle, Margaret Evans Price, and Sybil Ludington—in a 23-page activity packet. Each profile comes with a set of vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. Further...
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A Guide to the Works of Jacqueline Woodson

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
The works of Jacqueline Woodson introduce readers to diverse characters and themes. A guide covers many of the author's best-known books such as Brown Girl Dreaming and Locomotion. Dive & Discuss and Explore & Extend activities...
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Frankly Speaking: Exploring Benjamin Franklin's Aphorisms

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Benjamin Franklin famously had an aphorism for every situation—most of which we still use in modern vernacular. Introduce class members to Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack with a presentation that details the characteristics of aphorisms.
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What’s the Good Word? Etymology Project Guidelines

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Who named the shapes, or the days of the week? Should words be removed from the dictionary if they're no longer commonly used? Are there too many words in the English language? Language arts students explore these and additional...
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Legend and Symbol: An Etymology Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How are the words tradition and traitor related? A thorough language arts resource explores the ways Latin and Greek words are represented in traditional legends and artwork, and reinforces word meaning with several grammar exercises.
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Pericles: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone loves a great riddle, right? Everyone except for the characters in Shakespeare's Pericles, who will be killed unless they answer the king's riddle correctly. With the study guide, scholars use words coined by Shakespeare to play...
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Merry Wives of Windsor: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does the character Falstaff mean when he says "I was beaten myself into all the colors of the rainbow"? Using the Merry Wives of Windsor curriculum guide, scholars unlock meaning by paraphrasing lines from the play. Pupils also...
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The Tempest: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Magic, disguise, and spirits in the shape of hunting dogs. Not a description of a fantasy novel, but rather of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Learners read a plot summary, play Shakespeare Taboo, and practice paraphrasing and writing...
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Othello: Study Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Before he was a parrot in Aladdin, Iago was the perfect villain in a Shakespearean play. A study guide introduces theater goers to Othello by providing them with a summary of the plot and overview of the characters. After watching a...
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Henry V: Study Guide

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Shakespeare did more than write timeless literary works—he coined words such as moonbeam, fortune-teller, and even eyeball! A study guide for Henry V introduces key words the Bard first used with a fun vocabulary activity, part of a...
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King Lear: Study Guide

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Characters who slowly descend into madness make great material for tragedies. A study guide from the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival introduces theater goers to Shakespeare's tragic play King Lear. Along with an extensive summary of...
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Social Justice Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners gain insight into how songs and poems express feelings of injustice. They also learn about literary devices and types of poems and make a personal connection when they write their own free verse poems about injustice.
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Affrilachia

For Teachers 8th Standards
What makes a culture unique? Learners research life in the Appalachia region of the United States. Poetry, music, and oral history create Affrilachia, the term used to describe the lifestyle of the area. African-American mountain culture...
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Poetry: Writers on Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Poets bring images to life with poetic forms, style and word choice, and figurative language.  A comprehensive poetry unit focuses on key reading skills, literary skills, and writing skills. In addition, every poem within the unit...
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What Is Hyperbole?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
"My bag weighs a ton!" "I'm so hungry, I could die." Hyperbole is the focus of the first video in a larger language arts playlist. A catchy song full of hyperboles helps bring the figurative language device to life.
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Newspapers in Your Life: What’s News Where?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Big news isn't necessarily newsworthy everywhere! How do journalists decide what to cover with so much happening around them? A instructional activity on media literacy examines the factors that affect the media's choice of stories to...
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In the Newsroom: The Fairness Formula

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Reporting the news is easy, right? Think again! Show young scholars the difficult choices journalists make every day through a lesson plan that includes reading, writing, and discussion elements. Individuals compare the language and...
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High Five: Media Literacy and Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the five different types of media with the first of three in a media literacy unit. Learners create and propose a final newspaper project, which must address information covered throughout the unit. 
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Chief Executives Compared: The Federalist Papers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Delve into the responsibilities of the president by looking at President Hamilton's opinion of the presidential office in his own words. The second in a three-part series, the resource also offers an interesting compare-and-contrast...
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The United States Constitution

For Teachers 8th Standards
Ever wish your class could travel back in time and witness the making of the Constitution firsthand? This plan makes the classroom come pretty close. Eighth graders simulate the process of creating a constitution and design their own...
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Study Guide for Tuck Everlasting

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is a classic novel that readers have enjoyed for years. Resources within the study guide such as discussion and guided reading questions, extension activities, and graphic organizers aid comprehension...
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Transparent Transversals

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
Parallel lines and transversals work together to create unique angle pairs. An inquiry-based activity allows scholars to explore these relationships and give them each a name. Flashcards allow them to study the new vocabulary.
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Maltese Cross Cabin

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
The Maltese Cross Cabin, a frontier residence of Theodore Roosevelt, is a time capsule that commemorates Roosevelt's time in the Dakota territory. An explanatory video and response guide takes students on a virtual tour of the wooden...
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Math Poems

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
The logic, rhythm, and beauty of math sometimes get lost amidst numbers and variables. Amplify math's lyricism with a poetry project that uses metaphors and similes to compare mathematical concepts to other images.
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Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Candace Fleming's award winning Ben Franklin's Almanac is the anchor text for a classroom guide that provides teachers with a cache of pre, during, and post-reading activities.
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From… Poor Richard’s Almanack—Benjamin Franklin

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Diversity is the spice in the meatloaf of life. When is an aphorism not from Poor Richard's Almanack? When individuals create their own. After examining 20 of Benjamin Franklin's less famous aphorisms, individuals craft their own pithy...
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Aphorisms from Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What do Ben Franklin's aphorisms mean to you? Entice young writers to tap into their creativity by choosing from a selection of aphorisms and explaining them in their own words, complete with evidence.
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Aphorisms

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Benjamin Franklin had an aphorism for practically every situation. Encourage class members to respond to a set of questions by choosing one of Franklin's aphorisms as an answer.
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Ben Franklin Aphorisms

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Is a pretend friend worse than an open foe? What benefits come to those who help themselves? Take a look at some of Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms, which advise readers to conduct themselves properly throughout the day. Pupils...
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Ben Franklin Aphorisms

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Benjamin Franklin's famous aphorisms are a perfect time capsule of colonist values in the mid-18th century, as well as a clever reminder of the way life still works today. Middle and high schoolers select one aphorism to interpret...
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The Summer Fun Summer Learning Poetry Unit

For Teachers 1st - 8th Standards
Focus on poetry this summer to enhance those comprehension, fluency, and language skills with a set of resources intended to explore different types of poetry, specifically lyric poetry. The daily activities contain differentiation ideas...
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Lesson Two: The Earth, Introductory Activities

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Determine what young pupils already know about earth science with a brainstorming activity. After class members work together to complete a KWL chart about the Earth, they craft an acrostic poem to demonstrate their understanding.
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10 Ideas for Teaching Black History Month

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month with the help of 10 ideas that delve deep into the history, major events, contributions, famous African Americans, and sheds light on how scholars today can take a proactive stance on current civil rights...
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Orpheus the Lyrical – Figurative Language Review Game

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
Turn grammar practice into a game, a video game this is! Scholars show what they know about figurative language with a video game that takes them through a land filled with coins, magic, and animals. Concepts include similes, metaphors,...
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We Were Strangers Too: Learning About Refugees Through Art

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Did you know that "in the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more the 64 million people have been forced from their homes"? The Anti-Defamation League presents an activity that asks class members to examine a series of artworks...
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All About Homophones

For Students 1st - 8th Standards
Put the fun back in reading fundamentals with an interactive set of lessons about homophones. Learners of all ages explore the relationships between words that sound the same but have different meanings, and complete a variety of fun and...
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Lyric Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Discover lyric poetry through a reading of Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and analyze its meaning with three short-answer questions covering symbolism, personification, alliteration, metaphors, and similes. 
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Walk Two Moons: Word Frame

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schooler practice their dictionary and thesaurus skills with this vocabulary assignment.  Using the provided graphic organizer and the word list from Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, readers define each word, and find a synonym...
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How Will We Create a Future without Waste?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Students act globally by reducing, reusing, and recycling, but now they take it to the next level by upcycling. Middle school students design a proposal to eliminate waste by exploring the new material cycle and applying their knowledge...
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Figurative Language: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Bells”

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Bells, bells, bells abound in a worksheet designed for Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Bells." Middle schoolers are asked to identify the various poetic devices Poe employs.
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Analogies 3 (Level 8)

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Engage your learners in analogies! Individuals use the provided bridge sentences and sentence frames to help them determine the relationships between words. They complete a total of 10 analogies.
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Analogies 2 (Level 8)

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Examine nuances in word meanings with an exercise based around word analogies. Learners use the sentences and frames provided to help them determine the relationships between words. They complete 10 analogies.
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Analogies 1 (Level 8)

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
How many ways can two words be related to one another? Learners practice with 10 analogies that cover a range of relationships. They are provided with bridge types and sentences, which assist pupils in determining the relationships...
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Analogies 3 (Level 7)

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Master word analogies with a straightforward exercise. Pupils match word pairs to one another based on the relationships represented in each pair. The worksheet provides bridge sentences that learners fill out as they determine the...
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Analogies 2 (Level 7)

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Determining the relationships between words is the purpose of this analogy learning exercise. Learners puzzle through 10 different analogies by using bridge sentences and types to determine which pairs of words share the same relationships.
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Analogies 1 (Level 7)

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Analogies are a great tool for teaching word relationships. For this worksheet, learners complete 10 analogies using the bridge sentences provided to help them make the correct connections.
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Of Cultural Riches

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
In what ways do immigrant cultures influence American culture? Young historians explore cultural diffusion and diversity in the United States, and interview peers to discuss shared and unique cultural experiences.
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8th Grade ELA "I Can" Statement Posters

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth grades can master the ELA Common Core standards! Show your learners the connection between classroom activities and assignments and the standards with this set of "I Can" statement posters. Each standard has been rewritten as an...
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8th Grade ELA Common Core Checklists

For Teachers 8th Standards
How close are your eighth graders to mastering the ELA Common Core standards? Keep an eye on progress with these charts, which include every eighth grade identifier and full standard text. As you move through the year and teach, reteach,...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Teach your class a thing or two about figurative language with this straightforward presentation. The presentation defines figurative language as well as various types of figurative language, such as metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia,...
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Determining Fact, Opinion, and Bias

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Writing is never biased, right? Let your learners be the judge of that by teaching them how to identify fact, opinion, and bias in writing. Pupils mark up several example paragraphs and articles and consider the reliability of all texts.
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Introducing the 6 Traits to Students

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Put together an English language arts unit on the six traits of writing with this helpful collection of resources. From fun songs to differentiated writing exercises reinforcing each of the traits, great ideas are provided for developing...
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Card Flip Game: Synonyms and Antonyms

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Match words to their synonyms and antonyms with a card flip game. Kids turn over two cards on their turn and determine if they are synonyms or antonyms; if not, they replace the cards and try again.
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Examine figurative language through the words of Ursula K. Le Guin in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea. The fifth lesson in a series of ten, the steps listed here ask pupils to go back into the text and find a striking sentence to analyze...
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Play a figurative language game! Starting with a review of terms, this presentation quickly launches into a quiz game with hyper-linked answers. Simply click an answer to find out if it's wrong or right. The option to try again is always...
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1984 by George Orwell

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Readers of Nineteen Eighty-Four engage in a close reading exercise that directs their focus to the key details Orwell provides in the opening paragraphs to introduce his dystopian society. The included worksheeet is divided into three...
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How to Identify Figurative Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Reinforce understanding of five literary terms with a single-slide flow chart. Learners figure out if various words and phrases are examples of simile, metaphor, hyperbole, understatement, or personification. 
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Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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.
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Figurative Language - Figuring it Out

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Play this slide show and then find out how much your class has learned with the included quiz. After jotting down the definitions of each term, class members label 10 examples with one of five terms: simile, metaphor, personification,...
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I Can Write a Poem

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they...
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“The Story of an Hour”: Extension Activities

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Enhance and extend instruction of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin with one or all of these ideas. You might want to cover characterization and summary, or improve understanding of context clues and irony. You can cover any...
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In on a Secret? That's Dramatic Irony

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Struggling to get your learners to understand irony? Try out this video, which clarifies each type of irony before going into more depth on dramatic irony. The narrator relates this type of irony to both horror and comedy films and...
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The Art of the Metaphor

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Show this poetic and captivating video to your class to activate thought about figurative language. The narrator conjures up scenes with her use of metaphor and describes not only what a metaphor is, but what a metaphor can do. She uses...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Know Like the Back of My Hand"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What do your middle school writers know like the backs of their hands? Explore the power of idioms with a short video about figurative language. By observing context clues in a sentence, both beginning and advanced readers can decipher...
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Craft Dialogue with Multiple Meanings by Using Verbal Irony

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Sometimes people and characters say one thing, but mean another. This is known as verbal irony and is a difficult concept for pupils to grasp. Grow their understanding of verbal irony by asking them to use it in their own fictional...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "The Pot Calling the Kettle Black"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Idioms can be hard for kids to understand, especially if English isn't their first language. Use a five-minute video to first introduce the concepts of figurative language and how idioms aren't meant to be taken literally. The rest of...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Skeletons in the Closet"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Skeletons aren't just for Halloween anymore! Bring the meaning of "skeletons in the closet" to your middle school class with a video about idioms. The series of five videos on idioms would fit well with your figurative language unit as...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Hit the Nail on the Head"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What does it mean to hit the nail on the head? Bring figurative language to your middle school class with a video about idioms. Young readers learn to interpret certain phrases figuratively, based on context clues throughout the text....
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Straw that Broke the Camel's Back"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
The final video in a series about idioms features strategies about figurative language and context clues. Eighth graders can use these strategies for unfamiliar phrases that they might see in poems or stories. Especially helpful for...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Getting One's Foot in the Door"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Get your foot in the door with a video on idioms! Perfect for both beginning and advanced language arts learners, the video demonstrates how to interpret idioms based on context clues. A worthwhile addition to a unit on poetry,...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Water Under the Bridge"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
It's all water under the bridge! Show your language arts class how to identify and define idioms. With a video just over four minutes long, learners review the concept of figurative vs. literal language, and use context clues to...
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Understanding Figurative Language: " Put on the Back Burner"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Show your middle schoolers that some phrases aren't meant to be taken literally. The third video in a five-video series, it demonstrates how to interpret idioms such as "put it on the back burner." You could pair the video with an idiom...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Have you ever had a really tough decision to make, and you just didn't know which idiom to use to describe that situation? Watch this video lesson and you'll know all about being between a rock and a hard place. Learners can watch the...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Give Someone a Piece of Your Mind"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Idiomatic expressions are tricky because they don't mean exactly what they say. Focus on using context clues to help students translate the phrase without depending too much on the literal meaning. Class members look at the clues and...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Are you teaching idioms in your class? If so, consider this resource. The video models how to determine the meaning of the idiom a wolf in sheep's clothing with context clues and images. Pupils imagine the idiom, look for context clues,...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Thorn in my Side"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Each idiom has a unique meaning that does not correspond with a direct translation of the words that make up the expression. Help your pupils unpack the meaning of idioms, in particular the saying a thorn in my side. The video models how...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "To Burn Bridges"

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Is your class struggling with idioms? Break down these figurative expressions with the process described in the video and presentation provided here. The goal of the lesson is to help pupils understand the expression to burn bridges. The...
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Leveled Vocabulary for And Then There Were None

For Teachers 8th Standards
Chaotic, perjury, tenacious, vague, predatory, idiosyncrasy. Using Marzano and Brown’s six steps of direct instruction for vocabulary (choose, restate, illustrate, use, discuss, play) readers of And Then There Were None engage in a...
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The President's Message: Franklin D. Roosevelt

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Decipher Franklin D. Roosevelt's message to Congress concerning a declaration of war on December 11, 1941. Learners analyze the message through a close reading and a series of text-dependent questions. Specific directions are provided,...
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Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson plan detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the...
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Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.,...
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Word Analogies

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Discuss analogies with your middle schoolers. Using the word analogy instructional activity provided here, learners analyze eight analogies. The analogies are fairly simple and straight forward and will bolster confidence.
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Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Review the terms denotation, connotation, diction, and mood in paragraph writing. After defining the terms, middle schoolers practice writing examples of both connotation and denotation. They complete a connotation and denotation graphic...
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Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual...
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What's In a Name?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your language arts class to connotation, denotation, and diction. Middle schoolers identify and differentiate between the connotative and denotative  meanings of words by analyzing the fictitious sports team names. Learners...
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Positive and Negative Connotations

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Does the word "obsessive" have a positive or negative connotation? What about "stylish" or "fervent"? Use this list of twenty-four adjectives, as well as the graphic organizer on the next page, to reinforce the difference between...
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Analyzing Literary Devices

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth graders identify figurative language and poetry in this literary analysis lesson. Using Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a YouTube video for "The Walrus and the Carpenter," young readers complete a literary device...
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Exploring Afghani Culture through Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Hosseini Khaled's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are the anchor texts in a semester-long course that explores Afghani culture and traditions.
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Idioms

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
It's just a figure of speech, but this app is, in a nutshell, bursting at the seams with idioms. In just two shakes of a lamb's tail, learners can study, search for, and test their knowledge of the included expressions.
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Choose the Correct Homophone

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
It's a known secret that English can be a difficult language to learn, and homophones don't make it any easier. Help your young readers tackle these tricky words with this simple fill-in-the blank exercise in which they identify the word...
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All Summer in a Day Vocab

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
While working with Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day," take some time to consider vocabulary. This exercise lists eight sentences from the story in which Bradbury uses words in interesting or different ways. Pupils read the sentence...
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On the Hunt: Understanding Figurative Language

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young writers hunt for examples of figurative language in their reading. The hunt requires pupils to cite  their sources, record a quoted example for each type of figurative language, and an explanation of what they think the examples...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Fish Out of Water"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Holy cow! Here's another video about idioms.Your class will be tickled pink by a video that models how to decode these funky phrases. The three-step process is sure to clear the murky waters that muddy up the minds of those unfamiliar...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "To Cry Over Spilled Milk"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Part of a series devoted to understanding figurative language, this video looks at how to unpack the meaning of an idiom. Using “don’t cry over spilled milk,” as a model, learners are advised to either memorize the meaning of the...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "A Leopard Can't Change His Spots"

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Idioms are the focus a short video that shows viewers how to use context clues to determine meaning. Learners first image the picture the idiom creates, then examine context clues, and finally, they illustrate the idiom. The presentation...
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Understanding Figurative Language: "Take Under One's Wing"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Are your learners tearing their hair out trying to understand idioms? Blow their minds with a short video that models how to use context clues to find the sense in the syntax. Rather than looking at the meaning of each individual word,...
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Figurative Language

For Students 8th Standards
How can you compare two things that are different, but also similar? After reading an explanation of metaphors, similes, and personification, eighth graders answer ten multiple choice questions about how to use each when writing. Use the...
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Snappy Solutions, Sizzling Sentences

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
An examination of the figurative language in Gwendolyn Brooks’ To Young Readers challenges your writers to think about the richness of language. Ask your class why Brooks says, “Good books are bandages.” This discussion of alliteration,...
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Scriptwriting: Characters

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Protagonists, antagonists, stereotypes, and foils. Introduce your scriptwriters to major, minor, round, and flat characters, and how to create them. Rich in examples and activities, the packet includes the directions for an exercise...