Students form literature circles, read "Esperanza Rising" or "Becoming Naomi Leon" by Pam MuĐoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.
This three-session lesson focuses on characterization. Students determine how a character's traits reveal particular character traits, using a list of adjectives as a guide. Then, they write descriptions of those characters. Characters from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are used for modeling.
This project could be used as a Book Report alternative or as a creative way for students to express their comprehension of a short story. Students would create a book cover as a single page, or as a complete book jacket. Teachers could identify the particular information they would require for the full project to be placed in certain sections of the jacket.
Description: As part of our new ELA curriculum, the students spend about 7 weeks reading and studying human intelligence and how all people are smart in different ways. At the end of the unit, students are to create an informative presentation. I decided this would be the perfect place to incorporate CTE into my ELA curriculum by having students read, research, write and then present Google slideshows which would connect their possible future careers with their current learning styles and how they each feel they are “smart”.
This resource offers ELA teachers over 100 exercises to teach a variety of Common Core lessons. The following are included: reading comprehesion, figurative language, genre, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, point of view, text structure, and writing. The exercises have standards attached, and often there is a power point to present the lesson. It is also organized by grade level, making use for teachers extremely efficient.
In this second module, students will continue to develop their ability to closely read text while studying the theme of taking a stand. During the first half of Unit 1, students will read two speeches reflecting examples of real people taking a stand. By reading these speeches they will build background knowledge about the module’s overarching theme, engage in a study of the speaker’s perspective, and analyze the craft of forming an argument. In the second half of Unit 1, students will read Part 1 ofTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and continue to study the theme of taking a stand as it is revealed in the novel. Students will engage in a character study of Atticus by analyzing his actions and words, and what others say about him, to better understand him as a character. This analysis will provide details and evidence for students to use in their end of Unit 2 argument essay. In addition to reading and studying the text, students will view excerpts of the To Kill a Mockingbird film that strongly convey the novel’s themes, and they will analyze how the film remains true to the original text as well as how it veers from the original.
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John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs®. You could say every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ along with some gears and stunts Ã¢â‚¬â€œ he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazinenamed him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian.
This resource is a link to his Blog. The Blog hosts children's book trailers he has created. He explains "how" he created them.
Students will learn and apply techniques to develop and present a personal narrative/memoir. They will take their writing through all stages of the writing process. Their writing will reflect clear understanding of plot, dialogue, transitions, and descriptive details.
This is a student activity that has groups or individual students creating a music video around an Edgar Allan Poe story. They need to read a short story by Poe, summarize it in lyric form and then create a music video on WiVideo. The grading rubric is included with the assignment as well as story suggestions.
As students read novels - we want to engage them in collaborative talk about text. This example from Walker Middle school allows students to watch a sample of what a Socratic seminar might look like.