+
Unit Plan
Academy of American Poets

Women in Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Imagine linking poetry to technology! Thirty-three lessons comprise a 6-week "Women in Poetry" unit for high schoolers. Class members research women poets, learn how to respond electronically to discussions, write their poems, create web...
+
Lesson Plan
PBS

Exploring Identity and Intersectionality in Poetry

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Just as Kermit the Frog notes, "It isn't easy being green!" it isn't easy occupying "multiple Identity spaces." Class members read and discuss poems by writers detailing what it is like when their identities are "oppressed."
+
Lesson Plan
ReadWriteThink

Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to free verse poetry with a lesson that has young poets read two free verse poems and list the common characteristics of the form. They then read a passage from Cesar Chavez's biography and a free verse poem...
+
Lesson Plan
ReadWriteThink

Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young environmentalists learn how to craft a persuasive essay about an environmental issue they consider important. After studying the components of a persuasive essay and examining a student model, writers brainstorm possible topics and...
+
Lesson Plan
1
1
Facing History and Ourselves

Finding Your Voice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
To begin a study of what it means to be American, high schoolers first consider their own identities. They draw a picture of what they think an American looks like and share their images. Next, they examine an image of the "Flag of...
+
Lesson Plan
1
1
National Endowment for the Humanities

Literary Genres in “Moby-Dick”

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Moby Dick is more than a whale of a tale narrated by Ishmael. A lesson studying Herman Melville's classic novel asks readers to examine the different genres the author weaves into his story. Instructors model how to conduct a stylistic...
+
Writing
Thoughtful Learning

Adjusting Your Writing Voice

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
"Yo, what's up?" "Nuttin!" While such a dialogue might be appropriate between friends, it would be ill-advised in more formal situations. A mini-lesson asks young writers to consider how to adjust the voice they use to bring their...
+
Lesson Plan
Vanderbilt University

Stories from the Panama Canal

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The stories of the Silver People, the West Indies immigrants hired to work on the Panama Canal, come to life in a lesson about the building of the Panama Canal. Groups research why the canal was built, how it was build, the working...
+
PPT
1
1
E Reading Worksheets

Tone: Voice of the Speaker

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Tone and mood are easy to use interchangeably—and yet they are very different elements of literature. Help middle schoolers discern between the way a speaker feels about his or her subject and the way the audience is meant to feel with a...
+
Organizer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Practice Book: The Boy Who Saved Baseball

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
An array of reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary activities are at your fingertips with a language arts practice packet. Second, third, and fourth graders work on various skills using reading passages and word banks,...
+
Lesson Plan
Novelinks

The Little Prince: Concept/Vocab Analysis

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Focus on the literary elements of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince with a concept analysis sheet. With suggestions and explanations for many of the book's concepts, vocabulary, and other issues that may arise in instruction,...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

My Antonia: During Reading Strategy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Home in on the quote on this page to explore setting, the author's and character's voices, and plot in Willa Cather's My Antonia. Pupils draw a picture of what is described in the quote, discuss the content, and make connections to their...
+
Lesson Plan
1
1
Curated OER

Compare and Contrast Author's Voice

For Teachers 4th Standards
Follow the procedural details here to model for your class how to identify author's voice in two poems, "Since Hannah Moved Away" by Judith Viorst and Mirriam Chaikin's "I Hate Harry." Together, determine voice and the words that reveal...
+
Lesson Plan
National Endowment for the Humanities

The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers complete a unit of lessons that explore the poetic voice of Langston Hughes. They define voice, read and analyze various poems by Langston Hughes, and complete journal entries for each instructional activity.
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Lesson 1: Author's Voice in a Poem

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Second graders use the title and text clues from a poem to determine what the author's voice is. In this author's voice lesson plan, 2nd graders participate in a directed lesson plan using the poem "Amazing Bats." They discuss their...
+
Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Author's Voice in Passage

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore author's voice. In this literary elements and reading comprehension lesson, students listen to two poems about snakes (included) and identify adjectives and other descriptive words and phrases that help them determine...
+
Worksheet
Curated OER

Establishing a Strong Authorial Voice, Worksheet 2

For Students 6th - 8th
Young writers are asked to revise and modify a series of sentences to make them stronger and relay a sense of voice. No definitions or models are given. You might use the activity to check for understanding after a discussion of writer’s...