In this lesson, students will take their knowledge of how a position paper is constructed using reasons and evidence in order to plan their body paragraphs on the Planning My Body Paragraphs graphic organizer.
In this lesson, students analyze the same excerpt they read for gist in the previous lesson to identify Emma Burke’s point of view of the immediate aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. They then identify how she has conveyed her point of view.
In this lesson, students will identify Kurlansky’s point of view of Thomas Henry Huxley and how Kurlansky conveys his point of view. There is a think-aloud and an opportunity for the class to work through an example together before triads work independently.
In this lesson, students identify Kurlansky's point of view of fisherman and how he conveyed his point of view.
In this lesson, students will analyze the earthquake excerpt of “Comprehending the Calamity," identifying Emma Burke’s point of view of the earthquake. They then identify how she conveyed her point of view.
In this lesson, students will continue their exploration of themes that represent medieval and modern challenges, adding to their Terms of Adversity graphic organizer.
In this lesson, students will read like a writer and analyze figurative language and the author’s word choice, meaning, and tone in Chapter 3 of Bud, Not Buddy.
In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to analyze their assessment of plot development in Flush.
In this lesson, students will read for gist and analyze the text, focusing on how a passage contributes to the theme in Dragonwings.
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to find the gist and then analyze an excerpt of Dragonwings for point of view, figurative language, tone, and meaning.
In this lesson, students will continue to analyze working conditions in the mill and how they affect Lyddie. This lesson adds a focus on word choice and figurative language, as students discuss how author Katherine Paterson’s choice of language helps the readers better understand Lyddie’s working conditions and how they affected her.
In this lesson, students will research about overfishing/sustainable fishing methods, case-studies of depletion of particular fish, and suggestions of how to buy fish that have been caught using sustainable methods.
In this lesson, students will independently apply the same reading strategies and skills they practiced in reading and analyzing the Steve Jobs speech.
In this lesson, students build on skills of citing in order to analyze what is being expressed and make inferences from two texts, Blue Lipstick and Technically, It's Not my Fault.
In this lesson, students will analyze authentic informative consumer guides to determine the features they need to include on their own guides. Students also select images they would like to use in their guides in this lesson.
In this lesson, students will work with the Elements of Myth graphic organizer and the Theme graphic organizer in order to help them analyze a model mini-essay in which the author describes elements of mythology in the myth of Cronus.
In this lesson, students will write focus on drafting an outline for their own essays by examining the model essay, "The Importance of Reading Every Day" for structure and content.
In this lesson, students will discuss the focus question regarding Frightful's decision to migrate or stay near Sam in Frightful's Mountain, and use the excerpt "Double Whammy" from "The Exterminator" in order to identify the author's claims and evidence.
In this lesson, students will begin recording the authors, titles, sources, and dates of the sources in order to collect research information.
In this lesson, students will be introduced to research topics, and by the end of the lesson they will choose a topic for their own research.
In this lesson, students will continue their close read from the previous lesson to include background knowledge about the important archetype of the hero’s
journey by reading an article.
In this lesson, students will use information about the myth of Cronus to interpret a key allusion to Cronus in the central text.
In this lesson, student will develop word-models for key concepts they encounter in "The Key Elements of Mythology" informational text.
In this lesson, students will use teacher feedback from their mid unit assessment in order to identify their individual writing strengths and set goals for their own analytical writing.
In this lesson, students will read the first of a two-part excerpt of a 60 Minutes interview with Carl Hiaasen in 2005.
In this lesson, students will read Excerpt 2 of "Florida 'A Paradise of Scandals" and complete most of the Gathering Evidence of Hiaasen's Perspective: Part 3 graphic organizer.
In this lesson, studuents are introduced to an excerpt from an interview titled "Five Creative Tips from Carl Hiassen: Florida's Cleverest Chronicler."
In this lesson, students will think analytically about the research they collected in their researcher's notebook, coding information into two categories: Benefits of DDT or Harmful Consequences of DDT. Students will use their Cascading Consequences chart as a visual to support their claims and findings.
In this lesson, students will work in triads and share responses to Chapter 4, "The Wilderness Tests the Eyases" focus question. Students will continue to discuss and develop vocabulary from the text.
In this lesson, students will analyze a body paragraph of the model position identifying the author's reason, supporting evidence, and the author's explanation of how the evidence supports the claim.
In this lesson, students will use close reading strategies in order to understand the flow of the text and get the gist of the monologue "Hugo, the Lord's Nephew."
In this lesson, students will read the monologue "Taggot, the Blacksmith's Daughter," closely four times, each for a different purpose.
In this lesson, students will compare figurative language with literal language in order to examine how an author uses different figures of speech to help convey messages or express themes in interesting/dramatic ways.
In this lesson, students will review figurative and literal language and practice identifying examples form song lyrics.
In this lesson, students will use the jigsaw method to collaborate with peers in order to learn about peregrine falcons. This lesson reviews reading for the gist and gives students practice in annotating informational texts.
In this lesson, students will complete "Text 2" information on the Comparing and Contrasting Authors' Presentation graphic organizer using "Rachel Carson: Sounding the Alarm on Pollution."
In this lesson, students will work in groups to discuss narrative techniques in "My Sister is Crazy."
In this lesson, students will reflect on how following the six-steps of the writing process helped improve their writing. They consider “stars” and “next steps” in the writing process.