Nebraska K - 12 ELA

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Media Literacy: Real vs Fake News

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In this lesson, students will develop media literacy skills by analyzing and evaluating real versus fake news sources. Students learn how to identify various types of fakes news and apply critical thinking to evaluate if the information is reliable and unreliable.Image attribution: https://flic.kr/p/XKaGVH

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Jodie Morgenson

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Conveying important information concisely in public speaking and interviews

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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.

Material Type: Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Allisha Melroy

6-Word Memoir

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Janelle Coady

How to Read a Journal Article

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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

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Data Set, Lecture, Lesson Plan

Author: Stefanie Green

How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Chapter Presentations

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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

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Primary Source, Reading

Author: Janelle Coady

Senior Research Kick-Off

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This lesson plan was created by Stefanie Green as part of the 2020 NDE ELA OER Project. This Research Kick-Off lesson plan is designed for senior-level students and would most effectively be taught in collaboration between an English teacher and a school librarian. The lesson will take approximately 80 minutes. View the Google Slides presentation here: https://tinyurl.com/y5nvtbfu

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Stefanie Green

Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance Man

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This plan is designed for grade 12 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. Students will then write their own poem reflecting a social issue in their time. This plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 12.1.6.l, NE LA 12.1.6.g and NE LA 12.2.2a

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Judy Lorenzen

William Carlos Williams, the Poet Physician

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Overview: In this lesson, students read background information on the life of William Carlos Williams. They closely examine and analyze a few of Williams' poems in order to understand his craft and the literary movement in which he formed his craft. Students explore different components of his poetry and then practice their own critical and poetry writing skills in an emulation exercise. 

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Judy Lorenzen

Crevecoeur's New America

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 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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Judy Lorenzen

Beowulf, Grendel, Cain and Abel Comparison/Analysis/Historical Figures/Personal Reflection

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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. 

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment

Author: Larry Fangman

Writing Sentence Types and Correct Structure

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This Remote Learning Plan was created by Beth Einspahr in collaboration with Eileen Barks 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 5 Writing students. Students will write a variety of complete sentences and sentence types using correct grammar conventions. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standards: 5.2.1.d, e, f, h.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Beth Einspahr

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#1: Why are Flamingos Pink?

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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. 

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Julie Tastad

Remote Learning Plan: Vocabulary Grade 7

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This Remote Learning Plan was created by Elizabeth Loehr in collaboration with Eileen Barks and Caryn Ziettlow 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 Reading students. Students will use new vocabulary to create an original piece with the purpose of utilizing those words in other situations. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: LA 7.1.5.c It is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 45 to complete. Here is the direct link to the Google Doc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LrgmV6Dz5CkotohJtN6ET4qC5TMLtz6j/view?usp=sharing

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Elizabeth Loehr

Literary Devices

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 The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will learn the different literary terms found in literature and poetry. They will have opportunity to practice their understanding of these terms by playing a number of online games. Students will then determine which literary device is being used in lines of literature and poetry through the practice at the end of lesson. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 7.1.6.cIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julie Tastad