This lesson plan, centered around 1984 but adaptable to any piece of dystopian literature, asks students to make connections between the horrible futures predicted in the text and the reality of the world around them.
In this lesson, students use a circular chart to analyze the plot structure of John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. Students consider the similar structures of each chapter and how the novel ends where it began, leading into a literary analysis essay about the novel.
In this lesson, students explore literature and try to describe the ways humor plays a role. Students consider the rhetorical devices involved in creating humor before searching for them in texts.
In this lesson, students examine several speeches from William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. Students track the occurrence of speeches, monitor what kind of speeches are made, and write about what the speeches reveal about their speaker.
In this writing lesson plan, students write about the events of Romeo and Juliet and try to figure out their root causes. Students can take a number of approaches, each of which includes summarizing the events of the play and finding evidence to support their interpretation of the causes of the events.
In this lesson, students work cooperatively to analyze the title characters of Romeo and Juliet. Students look for citations that help develop their characters, then write character analyses.
In this lesson plan, students compete against each other in groups to correctly define words using only context clues. Students are given a list of words from a text chosen by the teacher, then given the page number so they can find the context in which the word appears. Students then work to define the word without using any outside resources.
This lesson plan helps students review the elements of characterization and create original characters that jump off the page. Students work in pairs to revise previously created characters in order to enhance their characterization.
In this lesson, students create travel brochures to highlight some of the details from the novel "Lord of the Flies." Students review the setting of the text, then brainstorm a list of attractions to include in their brochure before writing and illustrating it.
In this lesson, students take on the role of Victor Frankenstein and attempt to decide whether to create a mate for the horrible monster Victor created early in the novel. Students look at character goals, consider pros and cons of each decision, and write a persuasive essay explaining their decision.
In this lesson plan, students practice the important task of determining audience and purpose for their writing. Students work in groups to write for a randomly assigned audience and purpose, adjusting their writing as necessary for the given combination.
In this lesson, students first review "to be" verbs and their different forms, then revise previously written work to convert "to be" verbs into stronger action verbs.
In this lesson, students review adverbs and their relationships to verbs, then practice eliminating weak combinations of the two in favor of more assertive verbs.
This lesson connects The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier with several nonfiction texts, including the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
In this lesson, students review types of figurative language before examining poetry to find real examples of figurative language in use.
In this lesson plan, students create their own monster in the vein of the creation from Frankenstein and analyze the novel in any number of ways.
In this lesson plan, students learn a list of Greek and Latin roots, then list words that use them. Students then make 3x5 notecards for each root and define them. Students also complete a four square vocabulary box for each root.
In this lesson, students learn the basics of annotating poetry as a means to analyze it. Students use a short poem of their (or your) choice and follow step-by-step instructions to break it down.
In this lesson, students work to find a general and specific topic about which to write a research paper. The lesson guides them through the process of narrowing their focus to a more specific topic that can be more easily researched.