All resources in ELA Review and Alignment

German Immersion: Reading Selection: Dinosaurs - Why Are They Extinct?

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This scientific article discusses three different hypothesis regarding the extinction of dinosaurs: 1. a meteor impact, 2. a vulcanic eruption, 3. a slow evolutional change makes space for new species. A weblink opens a page with interview questions directed to a German dinosaur researcher. The text child-friendly and appropriate for children of age 8 and up.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Susanne Vellmer

Multicultural Day/International Market

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Students are divided into groups. Each group will choose or be given a specific country to study. They must learn what kinds of items are made and sold in their country and decide what things they want to make for their booth at the market. Each group must make a sign for their booth which has the name and a picture of their country. Students are encouraged to find information on the web, at the library, or in their community.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Teachers.Net

Postmodern Picture Books in Middle School

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This lesson uses the postmodern picture book Black and White, by David Macaulay, to engage students in a deep analysis of writer's craft. Macaulay's book presents four separate story lines that playfully interact with one another throughout the text. Students explore ways in which authors use words and illustrations to create unexpected plots and connections within a text.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Laurie A. Henry Ph.D.

Reading and Analyzing Multi-genre Text

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In this lesson, students will read and analyze several examples of different texts, identifying the different genres represented in each. Students brainstorm alone and together what they need as readers to read and understand multigenre texts successfully. Students share findings and discuss strategies needed to comprehend, and by extension to write, these texts.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Traci Gardner

Animal Farm Unit Plan

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This unit focuses on Animal Farm by George Orwell and the stages of revolution. It includes detailed lesson plans, prompts for discussion and cooperative group work, writing assignments, and immersive activities to demonstrate characteristics of revolution.

Material Type: Unit of Study