Title: Romeo and Juliet "What if......?"
Student groups will be assigned separate acts of Romeo and Juliet where they will read and interpret the original version; then, remake it using a modern spin but keeping the same basic plot.
Title: Literary Elements in Literature
This lesson is applicable to any story or novel in literature. The students will be introduced to twelve literary elements through a podcast. They will then be divided into small groups to complete activities involving story and literary elements.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 15:
Title: New England Literary Travel Brochure
Students will research Internet sites to find places of interest regarding some early American authors. Students will then construct a travel brochure about those sites. Students will include pictures and paraphrased written information about those sites.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 39:
Title: Shakespeare/Romeo & Juliet Wiki
Students will self-select a teacher-supplied topic and work collaboratively with group members from their class, as well as group members from other classes (or schools) to create a wiki demonstrating their knowledge of Shakespeare, his times, social customs, writing, language, historical significance, and Romeo & Juliet. Students will research, write, edit, and correctly cite their information. Each group will communicate through e-mail, forums, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communication in their collaborative effort. Upon completion, each group will present their work to their classmates and the wiki will be available for viewing by parties outside the classroom.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (9) 28:
Title: Movie Madness
This language arts projects motivates students through being a movie-based project. This lesson will have a duration of five days. The students will view a movie of their choice and analyze the movie to complete a chart listing literary elements for them to identify. Then the students will create a PowerPoint presentation based on the chart and present the information to the class.
Standard(s): [TC2] (6-8) 5:
Title: Life After High School
Life After High School is a career research assignment that gives students an opportunity to plan their career path after high school. Even if students deviate from their plan, they need to have a tentative idea that allows them to set goals. Students will learn about their potential career, educational requirements, and learn whether they are currently preparing themselves for their chosen career path.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 31:
Title: Travel Newsletter
In a role as the director of tourism for a student-selected city, state, or country, students conduct online research to create travel newsletters enticing tourists to visit their chosen areas. Newsletter content includes location, historical background, primary industry, attractions, and accommodations. Word processing skills implemented include newspaper columns, word art, graphic lines, serif vs. sans serif fonts, and justification.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (9) 15:
Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 11:
Title: Exploring Disability Using Multimedia and the B-D-A Reading Strategy
History takes on new dimensions in this interactive multimedia lesson that emphasizes the B-D-A approach to research as students investigate the experiences of people with disabilities since the early 1800s.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 16:
Title: Reading Between the Lines
This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students evaluate news stories by determining their sources and recognizing biases or viewpoints. In order to become well-informed adults, it is a good idea for students to develop the habit of reading the news and keeping informed on important topics, such as geography, the environment, and world events. With the overwhelming amount of information available both in print and online, it is important that students learn to read news stories with a critical eye.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 29:
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative
This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 12:
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.
Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 26:
Title: Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read '' Smoky Night'' to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 18:
Title: Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 22:
Title: The New York Times used the slogan '' All the News That's Fit to Print.''
After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 19:
Title: Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.
Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 21:
Title: Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.
To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (9) 28:
Title: Louder than a Bomb
[ELA2015] (9) 33: