Sample ELA Resources
Beginning in grade 6, students read and analyze genres including poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and films. They also learn to write in wide variety of forms, including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts, and research papers.
Supplementing that core ELA curriculum, workshops in Language, Close Reading, and Writing offer additional opportunities to focus on specific skills.
ELA Grade 6 Sample Activity: Textual Evidence (Teacher Edition)
Using the newspaper column that inspired the memoir "Marley and Me," students learn to identify and interpret textual evidence.
ELA Grade 7 Sample Activity: Evaluating Sources (Teacher Edition)
Using a letter of protest written to the editors of "The New York Times," students learn to evaluate sources for credibility and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
Grade 8 Sample Activity: Analyzing Structure (Teacher Edition)
Using Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh,” students learn about narrative techniques before drafting a “hero’s journey” narrative of their own.
Grade 9 Sample Activity: Intention and Craft (Teacher Edition)
Using a short story set during an Iowa ice storm, students analyze how author Jim Heynen employs environmental details and word choices to create his effects.
Grade 10 Sample Activity: Analyzing Arguments (Teacher Edition)
Using an essay that begins by recounting a 1982 airline tragedy, students examine how an author Celeste Headlee combines empirical, logical, and anecdotal evidence to make her argument.
Grade 11 Sample Activity: Letters to the Editor (Teacher Edition)
Using a letter written to the editor of "The Atlantic," students practice analyzing and evaluating the writer’s arguments before attempting their own letter.
Grade 12 Sample Activity: Framing the Investigation (Teacher Edition)
Using three texts—a federal law, a newspaper article, and a presidential speech—related to Hurricane Katrina, students practice using different critical lenses to frame research questions.
Language Workshop: Sample Activity (Teacher Edition) (English)
Learn how grade 8 students build their academic vocabulary and increase their understanding of “hero’s journey” narratives with collaborative activities.
Close Reading Workshop: Sample Activity (Teacher Edition)
Learn how grade 9 students practice close reading with this challenging excerpt from a book of literary nonfiction.
Writing Workshop: Sample Activity (Teacher Edition)
Read the Teacher’s Edition of a workshop for grade 11 to understand how students progress from reading an argumentative text to writing one themselves.