Students write an analysis essay to identify and explain the rhetorical strategies utilized in a famous speech that make it an effective argument.
After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies. They begin by brainstorming ideas about what a perfect society would be like and then, in groups, begin to plan their project. Next, they become familiar with the blogging process, including legal guidelines and the specific site they will be using. Over several class sessions, students work on their blogs comparing their work to a rubric. Finally, after students visit one another's blogs and provide constructive and supportive feedback, they reflect on their own work. The lesson plan includes alternative handouts for classrooms where computer or blog access is limited. In this alternative, students complete the same basic activities, but publish their work using a Flip Book.
The lesson and activities teach students to recognize and explore bias and media stereotyping and be able to identify and analyze propaganda techniques in magazine and//or TV advertising.
This is an article from National Public Radio which provides details of recent research which resulted in Christopher Marlowe being given co-authorship of three of Shakespeare's plays--Henry V Parts I, II and III. The article also interviews experts who disagree with these findings.
"The Dangers, Values of Dark Teen Lit" is the title of a debate hosted by NPR's "Tell Me More" podcast host, Michel Martin. The discussion features Meghan Cox Gurdon (Wall Street Journal writer), Christopher John Farley (a Wall Street Journal writer and children's author), Patricia McCormick (young adult author), and Candice Mack (young adult librarian). The participants debate the appropriateness of the content in today's young adult literature and the darkness of the stories our nation's teens are reading as they seek to answer the question "Is young adult literature too dark?" This resource also links to a provocative Wall Street Journal article by Meghan Cox Gurdon and to the several responses to Cox Gurdon's thought-provoking work, including an article by Sherman Alexie. Please note: the mature content in young adult literature is discussed.
This resource will enable students to read multiple perspectives on a single topic, to seek out each author's opinion and the evidence used to support that opinion, and to evaluate the different arguments presented. Please note: This is a primary text resource. Guidelines for implementation in the classroom can be found in the "Guidance for Teachers in Using this Resource" section.
What is scary, and why does it fascinate us? How do writers and storytellers scare us? This lesson plan invites students to answer these questions by exploring their own scary stories and scary short stories and books. The lesson culminates in a Fright Fair, where students share scary projects that they have created, including posters, multimedia projects, and creative writing.
In Module 10.1, students engage with literature and nonfiction texts and explore how complex characters develop through their interactions with each other, and how these interactions develop central ideas such as parental and communal expectations, self-perception and performance, and competition and learning from mistakes.
In this module, students read, discuss, and analyze nonfiction and dramatic texts, focusing on how the authors convey and develop central ideas concerning imbalance, disorder, tragedy, mortality, and fate.
In this module, students will read, discuss, and analyze contemporary and classic texts, focusing on how complex characters develop through interactions with one another and how authors structure text to accomplish that development. There will be a strong emphasis on reading closely and responding to text dependent questions, annotating text, and developing academic vocabulary in context.
In this module, students engage with literature and nonfiction texts that develop central ideas of guilt, obsession, and madness, among others. Building on work with evidence-based analysis and debate in Module 1, students will produce evidence-based claims to analyze the development of central ideas and text structure. Students will develop and strengthen their writing by revising and editing, and refine their speaking and listening skills through discussion-based assessments.
Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and one of his first encounters with racial discrimination. This resource can be an aid in a unit of nonfiction/history/civil rights.
In this lesson students build their knowledge base and learn to read and summarize informational texts. Students will be able to read and summarize informational text, identify key details from surprising details, and recognize the main ideas/concepts presented in articles. They will also be able to listen, take notes, and discuss the issues presented in informational texts with a small group.
To introduce the context of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, these guided notes introduce students to general concepts. It also features a video component to explain the curse surrounding the play.
ReadWorks provides a large, high quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.
This resource is set for a lesson on Civil Rights, connecting Jackie Robinson's letter about civil rights to MLK's letter from the Birmingham Jail. It includes the texts for each, text dependent comprehension questions, and higher level questioning comparing and contrasting the two texts, as well as vocabulary handouts and a student worksheet.
Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction. Daily news articles are grouped by topics such as Arts, Sports, War and Peace. Teachers search by topic, grade level, standards, and available quizzes, and they can also create a class and assign articles to read. Each article has five available lexiles to help differentiate for students. Students can practice targeted reading skills through typed written responses.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a rich text full of difficult language and complex themes. It is still a common text for high school students to read because of the connections to real life. Through this activity, students will be reading informational texts, watching video clips, and discussing how the theme of forbidden love is prominent in the 21st century. Students will become familiar with a Romeo and Juliet story from the 1990s, but also make connections to life today. This resource is available for free on Teacherspayteachers.com with registration.
Students will learn about 3 examples of scapegoating throughout history. They will compare and contrast the three separate events, and then write an essay detailing a modern day scapegoating.
This interactive website leads students through various sections of an animated replica of the Globe Theatre. Students are prompted to click on highlighted cartoon characters stationed in different areas of the theatre; a written section with background information is then provided in which students will read about the time period, performances, and other aspects of life during Shakespeare's time.