All resources in Nebraska K - 12 ELA

What's a Genre?

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 The attached Remote Lesson Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will get an introduction to genre and the different characteristics of genre. They will gain information through a slide show and a video. Digital flashcards are provided to help with learning the terms and their definitions. A Check for Understanding is provided to assess how each student is understanding the characteristics of a variety of literary and informational. This Remote Lesson Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 7.1.6.gIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julie Tastad

Literary Devices Rock

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 The attached Lesson Plan is designed for Grade 7 English Language Arts students. Students will be reminded of the different literary devices by listening and watching a video that has a catchy beat. Students will then show what they know with 10 lines of poem which includes literary devices. If they are still uncertain of all the devices, another video is available to them to watch. The last section gives them the opportunity to look for literary devices being used by the author in Freak the Mighty. When students become aware of these devices, they will write them down, label them, and then explain how the device made the reading better. This Lesson 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

The Hobbit: Analyzing Character

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 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.

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

Author: Tamara Hughson

Remote Learning Plan: Reciprocal Conversation

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This lesson is intended for seventh grade students.  The lesson will take two days to complete - 45 minutes each day.Objectives:  The student will be able to state the meaning of: reciprocial conversation, not reciprocal conversation, on topic.  The student will be able to identify a conversation as reciprocal or not reciprocal.  The student will be able to carry on a reciprocal conversation with at least four exchanges.Instructional OrderDay 1 - Direct Instruction            Guided PracticeDay 2 - Review            Pair & Share

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kim Knobbe

The Hobbit: Writing and Punctuating Dialogue

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 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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: Tamara Hughson

Remote Learning Plan - Nonfiction Text Features

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This resource was designed for use by Upper Elementary, Middle School, and Special Education StudentsDuration:  This lesson will take approximately four days to complete.  However, the skills will be utilized throughout the year; therefore, periodic review may be necessary.Overview:  This resource was created and provides a review of text features that are used by authors in nonfiction writing.  This can be used for upper elementary students, middle school students, or special education classes.Objectives:The student will be able to identify text features in nonfiction texts.The student will be able to state how text features assist the reader.The student will be able to use text features to find information.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kim Knobbe

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Using Details to Determine Theme

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Students often struggle to find theme in literature--one that is not a bumper sticker, a "moral to the story," or anything that could be applied to more than one story.  Understanding what theme is, an implicit argument the author is making, is the first step.  Then it gets more complicated as they realize that there are wrong answers (the ones that don't make sense with the story), there are undeveloped answers (ones that don't get far enough past motif but are on the right track), and there are many possible correct answers that can be explained and supported with the text. This activity uses the Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate strategy in small groups to help students focus on the details of the story and how they contribute to the overall point of the story.  It can be used with any piece of literature you deem appropriate for your students.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Stefanie McCain

Remote Learning Plan: Main Ideas from Text with Historical Influence Grade 8

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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 8 Reading students. Students will summarize, analyze, and synthesize the connection between main ideas of two informational texts. Students will analyze the social, historical, cultural, and biographical influences in informational texts. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: LA 8.1.6.e and LA 8.1.6.h It is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 45  minutes to complete. Here is the direct link to the Google Doc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ekYpo8pbtwoRwl90uBSkI9lvmrLsA2UQ/view?usp=sharing

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Elizabeth Loehr

Othello--Introduction through Quotes

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Because Shakespeare’s works were meant to be performed, students will be introduced to Shakespeare’s language in general and the plot and themes specifically of Othello through quoting lines. This is an introduction to a longer unit. This lesson was created by Kristi Bose and is designed for Grade 9 English Language Arts students. Each student will memorize one key quote from Othello, build background knowledge about Shakespeare’s language including iambic pentameter, and make predictions about the plot and themes of the play. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 10.1.5c, NE LA 10.1.5e, and NE LA 10.1.6l.Approximate time: 50 minutes

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Kristi Bose

Othello Day 3--Racism in Othello

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This is the third day in a longer unit. Students will use two informational texts two analyze the theme of racism, especially in the context of interracial marriage and apply those concepts to Act I, Scene i of Othello. This lesson was created by Kristi Bose and is designed for Grade 9 English Language Arts students. Each student will analyze the theme of racism in Othello as a starting point for a discussion about racism in today’s society. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: NE LA 10.1.5d, NE LA 10.1.6d,  10.1.6i, 10.1.6.n, and NE LA 10.1.6o.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Kristi Bose

Summary Practice: Paragraph Shrinking

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The purpose of this lesson is to help students develop their paraphrasing and summarizing skills. Focusing on the I do, We do, You do method, the lesson is collaborative between teachers and students. Objectives:paraphrase information in a nonfiction textconnect like ideas and combine sentencescreate a summary of a piece of nonfiction edit writing for mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling errorspublish a summary Approx. Time: one week

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Reading

Author: Raeanna Carlson

Who am I? Writing About Your Assets

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This writing piece is an introductory writing assignment for 7-12 students to explore their strengths while demonstrating their writing abilities, as well as how to do basic MLA format and a citation.Although it is natural for humans to focus on their defects and become overly critical, this writing piece requires students to focus on their assets and celebrate them while supporting these traits with specific examples to bring them to life. This writing lesson was created by Janelle Coady as part of the 2020 OER English Language Arts Workshop by NDE. The attached plan is designed for Grade 9 English Language Arts students but could also be used for any students 7-12th.It is expected that this plan will take students 3-5 days to complete."This is Who I Am" by Wallpaper Flare is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Janelle Coady

Introduction to Types of Text Structure Narrow Focus-Descriptive and Compare/Contrast

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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. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Tracy Rains

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Writing Sentence Types

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The attached lesson plan is designed for 3rd grade writing students. Students will write a variety of complete sentences and sentence types using correct grammar conventions. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standards: 3.2.1.d, e, f

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Isaac Simpson

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Identifying Text Features

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Mae Clausen

Say’s Who? 1st, 2nd, 3rd Person Point of View

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In this lesson, you will be discussing the different points of view.  The points of view we will be focusing on are 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person point of view.  You will be able to identify the point of view in the given text or video and provide evidence supporting the point of view.   StandardsLA 3.1.6.B Identify and describe elements of literary text (e.g. characters, setting, plot, point of view).LA 3.1.6. I Construct and/or answer literal and inferential questions and support answers with specific evidence from the text or addtional sources.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Michelle Helt

Writing Using Descriptive Language

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The attached Lesson Plan is designed for 3rd grade writing students. Students will go through the writing process to write a descriptive personal narrative piece and they will be able to use descriptive words to describe an event or place that they have experienced. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standards: NE LA 3.2.1.a, d, h, j, NE LA 3.2.2.aIt is expected this lesson plan will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.The Lexile Measure for Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark is 510L

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Isaac Simpson

Text Features

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This Learning Plan was created by Mae Clausen. Educators worked with coaches to create Learning Plans.Brief Overview: Students will analyze and evaluate text features and the purpose they serve to readers as they deepen their understanding of nonfiction text. Grade Level: 3rd gradeLexile Level: 420-820     National Geographic "Quest for the Quetzal"  (All Explorer Pathfinder articles will be within the 350L-750L range)NDE Standards: LA 3.1.6.f Use text features to locate information and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of print and digital text.Learning Objective: Students will be able to identify informational text features and explain how the features contribute to a better understanding of the text.Duration:  90-120 minutes to complete.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Primary Source, Reading

Author: Mae Clausen