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ELA Activity: Grade 6, Unit 2, Activity 17—Reflecting on Marley: Textual Evidence
In this activity, students read a memoir. They identify and interpret textual evidence that supports a claim and then apply their learning to an explanatory writing prompt.
ELA Activity: Grade 7, Unit 2, Activity 6—Evaluating Sources: How Credible Are They?
In this activity, students evaluate research sources for authority, credibility, timeliness, and purpose/audience. They distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and they evaluate a website's content and identity to determine the appropriateness of a source.
ELA Activity: Grade 8, Unit 1, Activity 5—The Departure
In this activity, students analyze "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh" by Ray Bradbury for archetypal structure, narrative techniques, and meaning. Then, applying what they learn about structure, they begin drafting the opening of their own Hero's Journey narrative.
ELA Activity: Grade 9, Unit 1, Activity 6—Intention and Craft
In this activity, students analyze how the setting in “What Happened During the Ice Storm,” by Jim Heynen influences the theme of the story and how suspense is built over the course of a story. They will then consider how details reveal the way characters can change over the course of a story.
ELA Activity: Grade 10, Unit 1, Activity 6—Joining the Conversation
In this activity, students read and analyze an argument from We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee. They analyze details and fallacies within an argument. They will then apply their learning and explain how an author builds an argument.
ELA Activity: Grade 11, Unit 4, Activity 3—The Historical Context of the Harlem Renaissance
In this activity, students work in groups to develop and revise a plan for researching the historical context of the Harlem Renaissance. They read a collection of sources to identify the philosophy, values, and beliefs of the Harlem Renaissance and write an explanatory response to articulate their understanding of these ideas.
ELA Activity: Grade 12, Unit 4, Activity 5—Framing the Investigation
In this activity, students investigate how critical lenses can both shape and reveal perspectives about real-world events and issues. They use a variety of critical lenses to frame research questions and evaluate the effectiveness of structural characteristics in various nonfiction texts about a related topic.
Close Reading Workshop: Grade 9, Informational Texts, Activity 1
In this activity, students practice close reading of an excerpt from "The Americanization of Edward Bok" (1921).
Writing Workshop: Grade 11, Argumentative Writing, Activity 1-2
In these activities, students first read and analyze an argumentative text before then co-constructing their own as a class.