Title: Round Robin Poetry Analysis
Poetry lesson using music lyrics and traditional poetry. The lesson involves identifying vocabulary, imagery, analysis, and interpretation of poetry. Students work collaboratively to develop the meaning of poetry. Specifically, this lesson highlights Langston Hughes's poetry and the Harlem Renaissance.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (7) 16:
Title: Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson: Using Art to Study Plot
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine the artwork in Lasceaux Cave in France via Internet and illustrate a chapter summary from Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson in "caveman style."
Standard(s): [ARTS] VISA (7) 5:
Title: Jack London's ''The Call of the Wild'': ''Nature Faker''?
In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students analyze Jack London's The Call of the Wild. They take a stand on whether London can be called a nature faker and on what he is attempting to communicate through his portrayal of Buck. They support their stands with historical evidence or evidence from the text. Finally, students write an essay, complete with hypothesis and textual support, on London's approach to the animal story in The Call of the Wild.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 28:
Title: Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories
In this EDSITEment lesson, students research the Gold Rush era to provide authentic background for their own fictional prose. By mining online databases for primary texts and period photographs, students can explore the Klondike Stampede and glean from their visit sufficient period details to help them create their own narratives based on the Gold Rush. While the emphasis of this lesson is on history and research rather than literature, selections from Jack London's The Call of the Wild are used to provide focus and structure for students research in online databases of primary sources, and to serve as models of vivid narrative prose for students own stories.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS6 (6) 1:
Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature
In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 9:
Title: Analyzing Advice as an Introduction to Shakespeare
Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, which asks students to explore an excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 9:
Title: Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action
Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 41:
Title: Let Voki do the Talking!
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