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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 5—Defining Experiences
In this activity, students read the short story "Marigolds." They focus on details within the text that create imagery, voice, and other effects. Ultimately, they analyze and explain how the author uses diction, imagery, and other literary devices to create voice and present a particular point of view.
ELA Activity: Grade 10, Unit 2, Activity 5—Author's Stylebook: Pacing
In this activity, students read an essay titled "Pick One" and analyze how the author uses narrative techniques to create a sense of pacing within the narrative. Then, students apply pacing to their own writing about an important decision.
ELA Activity: Grade 10, Unit 2, Activity 5—Language Checkpoint: Using Subordination and Coordination
In the Language Checkpoint, students look at subordination and coordination in the essay they just analyzed, revise a passage to apply their learning, and practice using coordination and subordination by revising their response from the previous activity.
ELA Activity: Grade 11, Unit 1, Activity 9—What is Freedom?
Students read an excerpt from F.D. Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union speech focusing on his definition of freedom, concept ofAmerica, and use of moving rhetoric within the speech. After an analysis of the text they read and analyze the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights. Finally, studnet engage in a Socratic Seminar in which they discuss a series of questions related to freedom and individual rights as it relates ot the texts they've read.
ELA Activity: Grade 12, Unit 1, Activity 19—Another Perspective on the World
In their activity, students read the Proglogue from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. They analyze the text for craft, style, and syntax before designing a visual representation of the written text. Then, they use vivid imagery and varied syntax to write their own self-perception.
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.