In this Wonder of the DayR, we learn about why flamingos are pink. Students have the opportunity to explore the Wonder either as a class or individually. With suggestions for different age groups, Wonder #1 has an activity to engage students with drawing, writing description, or both.
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The attached lesson plan is designed for 3rd grade English Language Arts students. Students will analyze informational text to determine the main ideas for a report, apply the concepts of the writing process, and communicate their research through an oral presentation to their classroom peers. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standards: NE LA 3.1.6.e, NE LA 3.2.1.a,c,d,e,j, NE LA 3.3.1.aIt is expected that this lesson plan will take five one-hour sessions to complete.
This lesson uses tall tale read alouds to reinforce the common elements, or text structure, of tall tales. As the text is read aloud, students examine the elements of the book that are characteristic of tall tales. Then using what they've learned, they write and perform tall tales of their own.
This is a fun introductory writing piece for 7-12 students to help teachers get to know the individuals in their class. This writing lesson was created by Janelle Coady as part of the 2020 OER English Language Arts Workshop by NDE. It is expected that this plan will take students one class period to complete.
This lesson reviews the six types of nouns and then focuses in on abstract nouns. The students will do a creative writing paragraph with the use of an abstract noun and that emulates Rand's writing style.
Consider are the pros and cons of children performing for TV and in other competitive performing environments. Learning Objectives:Students will read articles with opposing view points and find main ideas and details from each text.Students will take a stance on an arguementive issue and produce a piece of writing to include evidence from the text.
This resource is designed to walk students through the process of completing a research project in any field of study. It covers the earliest stages of brainstorming and discussing, continues through researching and compiling sources; writing, documenting, revising, and polishing a paper; and finally presenting the research topic to a wider audience in a professional manner. The focus is on MLA format, though the course could be modified for other formats.
The first unit is an introduction to the project. It asks students to draw on knowledge of issues affecting their own community and world to help generate discussion that could eventually lead to a research topic.
After reading Beowulf and the story of Cain and Abel, students compare and contrast Cain and Grendel. Students research and make a case for a historical figure being a descendant of Cain. After reading page 10, chapter 2, and pages 30-33 in John Gardner's Grendel, students write about the different views we have of Grendel after reading Gardner's novel. Students research and write about a character who they feel is misunderstood like Gardner's Grendel. Students write about two traits they have because of the experiences they had in life, just like Grendel is the way he is in Gardner's novel because of his experiences. Students use MLA format for their works cited page and in-text citations.
In this unit students will define, identify, and explain 5 types of text structure. Students will explain how text and graphic features enhance a text. They will determine the type of figurative language used in a text. Students will summarize a given text.
Students will participate in Book Club by choosing groups of 3-5 students and a book at their reading level according to their interest, or the subject currently being studied. They will decide together how to split the book into three or more sections to finish in four weeks or less. They will prepare and write out a discussion role for each meeting (Word Wizard, Connector, Summarizer, Questioner, or Passage Person). This plan is written for either in class, blended, or remote learning.
The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Third Grade English Language Arts students. Students will determine character traits and provide supporting evidence from the text. They will also identify and explain why authors use literary devices, specifically similes, in their writing. This Lesson Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 3.1.6.b and NE LA 3.1.6.c.It is expected that this Lesson Plan will take students 2- 30-40 minute sessions to complete.
In this one lesson, students are able to evaluate a news report, using their prior knowledge and instints, learn about the CRAAP method of website credibilty evaluation, and practice using the CRAAP method on a variety of websites.
Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Program. This unit develops students' abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of the Commencement Address Steve Jobs delivered at Stanford University on June, 2005.
This resource was created by Kate Chrisman, in collaboration with Lynn Bowder, as part of ESU2's Mastering the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and experiential learning.
This public speaking lesson focuses on presenting and conveying important information, details, facts, and opinions in a concise manner. This lesson presents several different real-world situations where students are asked to share their perspectives, experiences, and stories where they are to give supporting details and facts that are important to the context of different social interactions (talking with peers, colleagues, community, interviews, etc). With the creation of this lesson, different level options of technology integration are offered to allow for flexibility and modifications for this lesson to best serve various classrooms and their students (low tech, medium tech, and high tech options). This lesson will help students analyze a social interaction and/or topic and have them clearly and concisely give an authentic response.
Overview: In this lesson, students closely examine Crevecoeur’s third letter in order to understand historically early American literature and the culture. Students critically read the letter and answer critical content questions to increase their knowledge. Students will take a quiz demonstrating their understanding of some of the literature of this period. Finally, in the spirit of early America, students will write their own letters defining what an American is, why immigrants should come, and what the American Dream is or if it is still alive. Students will exchange their letters with a partner for feedback and then turn them in for completion points.
Learn about Greek gods, heroes, and creatures through digital storytelling produced by students who have learned research techniques.
This Empower Learner Activity engages students in self-assessment, preliminary goal setting and reflection on use of learning strategies within the context of 5th Grade English studying Winin Dixie.
This Empower Learner Activity is designed for MS English students studying the book Hoot. Students will self-assess, set preliminary goals, and think through learning strategies.
Why do we tell painful stories? In this lesson, students read an article about Chinua Achebe, the writer of Things Fall Apart, in order to figure out his motivation for writing this novel and to learn about the issues facing Nigeria in the late 1800s.
Nonfiction may be dull for some students, but this lesson helps them focus on the main ideas. Through awareness of section headings, students learn to sort and categorize main concepts.
This Lesson Plan was created by Joanna Pruitt as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. This original lesson is for classroom use; however, there is a virtual option as well. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Grades 9-12 English Language Arts students; however, this could also be used as a Social Studies project as well. Students will evaluate credible sources through research on genocides post World War II after completing a novel unit covering the Holocaust. Students will also create scrapbooks using summarizing, citation, informative writing, textual evidence, caption writing, and persuasive writing. Students will also be expected to demonstrate oral communication skills as they have to present their projects to the class. Students will use background knowledge to clarify text and also gain a deeper understanding by using relevant evidence from a variety of sources to assist in analysis and reflection of informative text.
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The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Third Grade English Language Arts students. Students will determine if a text is literary or informational text and use that knowledge to determine author's purpose and provide evidence. This Lesson Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 3.1.6.g and NE LA 3.1.6.a.It is expected that this Lesson Plan will take students 3- 30-40 minute sessions to complete.
This lesson is strictly to have students find a love for reading. Many times we just give them books and make them read them, but if we can incooperate a series that is popular and urge them to go to the library, they might catch on that there are millions of books and they will like some of them. This would work for 5-6 grade students and is based on "The Bad Guys" series.
This Lesson Plan was created by Joanna Pruitt as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Lesson Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Lesson Plan is designed for 7th or 8th grade English Language Arts students. Students will learn not only about how to write friendly letters, but they will also learn about our country in a fun and engaging way. This is a letter-writing challenge that connects students from all around the United States. Students are assigned a state and they must select three schools within that state to write a letter challenge to. The goal is to see who receives the most letters back by the end of the school year and to learn about the state that they sent letters to.
This Remote Learning Plan was created by Tami Hughson in collaboration with Dorann Avey as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will analyze and evaluate the elements of literary text, build background knowledge to clarify text and deepen understanding, and use relevant evidence from a variety of sources to assist in analysis and reflection of complex text. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 7.1.6B, NE LA 7.4.1A, NE LA 7.2.1B, NE LA 7.3.2CIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete.
This Remote Learning Plan was created by Tami Hughson in collaboration with Dorann Avey as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will learn to analyze vocabulary using latin and greek roots and affixes. They will then apply learning to authentic text to comprehend grade level reading texts. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 7.1.5AIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete.
This Remote Learning Plan was created by Tami Hughson in collaboration with Dorann Avey as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will explore and identify rules for correct punctuation of dialogue. They will write a short dialogue and apply the rules for correct formatting.This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 7.2.1 HIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 60-90 minutes to complete.
"Homeless," by Anna Quindlen, allows the student to understand homelessness as it affects many people on a broader scale. She emphasizes the individuality of homelessness, the fact that they not only lack possessions but have no place to keep them."The First" (also titled "Eviction") is a short poem by Lucille Clifton that provides the opportunity to compare and contrast the approach to the same issue through another genre.In "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls the parents choose to live as homeless students. Students will compare and contrast the Walls' view of homelessness with Quindlen's and Clifton's.Final Assessment: How do Anna Quindlen and Lucille Clifton use language to convince the reader that their arguments have value? (focus on use of specific language, word choice, mood, tone, etc.) Would Walls agree?
This How To Do Research Unit Guide provides a lesson-to-lesson foundation for teaching:● What primary sources are● Real vs. fake information (evaluating sources)● Document analysis● Different ways to obtain information● How to formulate research questions● How to find answers to research questions● The hows and whys of citations (annotated bibliography)By the time students get to high school, they should have a basic understanding of how to effectively do research. Considering that there are so many steps involved in the research process, the earlier these necessary skills are taught, the more time students will be able to devote to theiractual projects. Moreover, in today’s world, information literacy needs to be achieved at an earlier age, so students can learn to be smart consumers, responsible sharers, and presenters of information. Throughout the research process, students will learn that there will be dead ends, questions that are too broad or too narrow, questions that do not have answers. This is an accurate reflection of what their experiences will continue to be as they move into higher level research projects in their educational careers.
This lesson was created from a variety of online resources and questions related to Thomas Foster's book How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Although this lesson was created for a semester-long dual credit literature course for 11th and 12th graders, it could also be used for any advanced language arts class.This lesson was created by Janelle Coady as part of the 2020 OER English Language Arts Workshop by NDE. It is expected that this plan will take approximately two weeks to complete, including the presentations. Students are expected to follow the guidelines and cite all sources used and adhere to the time constraints as well. "Book Cover" by Mariam Sargsyan 17, Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
This lesson plan was created by Stefanie Green as part of the 2020 NDE ELA OER Project. This lesson plan is designed for sophomore students and would most effectively be taught in collaboration between an English teacher and a school librarian. The lesson will take approximately 60 minutes. View the Google Slides presentation here: https://tinyurl.com/yxjz2zpu
This Lesson Plan was created by Molly Simpson. The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Grade 3 English Language Arts students. Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships in text using the definitions of cause and effect and the signal words learned. This module can be used for remote learning by the student as well as an in-classroom lesson plan. The Lesson Plan addresses the following NDE Standards: NE.LA 3.1.3.C and NE.LA 3.1.5.D. It is expected that this Lesson Plan will take students about 50 minutes to complete.
The attached lesson is designed for Grade 5 English Language Arts students. Students will analyze and evaluate the elements of informational text, identify and apply knowledge of organizational patterns to comprehend informational texts. This lesson addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 5.1.6.jIt is expected that this lesson will take students 120 minutes to complete.
For this lesson, your attention will be focused on text features. You will walk away from this lesson with a better understanding of text features and how they assist in understanding information. You will develop your skills of gathering data, as well as an understanding of the importance of accuracy. You will be asked to read or watch related content, and you will have the opportunity to create slides, board games, writings, and posters, etc., to show your understanding of text features.StandardsLA 3.1.6.f Use text features to locate information and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of print and digital text.
This is a lesson plan, student worksheet, and teacher answer key to introduce identifying text structures and using appropriate graphic organizers (GO) for each text structure. There is an introduction with a video lecture from which students can get basic information and examples on 6 text structures. There is a link to more guided and independent work in this area.
This is designed to take a student 45 minutes to complete.
This Learning Plan was created by Mae Clausen. Educators worked with coaches to create Learning Plans.Brief Overview: Students will analyze and evaluate theme and the purpose it serve to readers as they deepen their understanding/comprehension. Students will read short passages and watch Pixar shorts to determine theme.Grade Level: 3rd gradeLexile Level: 420-820 NDE Standards: LA 3.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media using key details to identify the theme. Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify theme and explain its importance to a reader.Duration: 90-120 minutes to complete.
Students are introduced to Old English and the poetic devices of alliteration, kenning, and compounding in preparation for reading the epic poem "Beowulf".
In this seminar, you will be introduced to the six common types of text structure. Then, the seminar will narrow its focus to the first two structures. You will learn how authors organize ideas to help you to better understand the nonfiction texts you encounter, and you will explore the graphic organizers used to support them.StandardsCC.1.2.5.E Use text structure, in and among texts, to interpret information.