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Is Pizza Epic?

Word Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

The use of informal language and phrases in our writing and speaking is simply part of our culture. Idioms, slang, understatements, and hyperboles help characterize language by region, time period, and groups of people. Language, though, often benefits from precision, and appropriate word choice helps... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Is Pizza Epic?

Word Choice

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 7.4.R.5, 7.4.W.1
More 1-2 class period(s)
Time Frame 100 minutes
And We're Rolling! With Green Screen Video Production

Digital Storytelling with Green Screen

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Through digital storytelling, students will create projects that showcase creativity, teamwork, and writing across the curriculum. This lesson engages teachers in using a green screen, the Do Ink app, and a movie editing application like iMovie to transport them to the world of students reporting on... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
And We're Rolling! With Green Screen Video Production

Digital Storytelling with Green Screen

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Tag Related

  • OETT Team
More 200 minutes
Time Frame 1-8 class period(s)
A Write at the Museum

Ekphrastic Poetry

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Sometimes, we know a great deal about the meaning and inspiration behind a work of art. In many cases, the artist has left information about their art in an artist's statement. Sometimes though, it is up to the viewer to construct their own meaning of a work of art, regardless of what information about... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
A Write at the Museum

Ekphrastic Poetry

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition, Creative Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.4.W.2, 9.7.W.2, I.VA.P.3.
More 2-3
Time Frame
Zombie Apocalypse: What Do People Need to Survive?

US Government

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students will participate in a scenario where the government is in chaos. In small groups, they will determine what societies need to form new countries that would be sustainable. The characteristics of state and theories of governmental power will be introduced and applied to the new countries that... Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. Government

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USG.1, USG.1.1
More 100 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Ecosystems, Human Activity, and Interactions, Oh My!

Human/Environment Interaction

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th Grade

In this lesson, students learn about the story of the near extermination and subsequent re-introduction of the Gray Wolf of Yellowstone National Park. Through this narrative, students learn about apex predators, keystone species, and ecosystems. They learn to form cause and effect statements, analyze... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Environmental Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 5-LS2, 5-ESS3-1
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Writing a Letter of Introduction

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

A letter of introduction can serve as a personal statement. It paints a picture of who someone is as a unique individual based on experiences at home, in school, within their culture, and learned within their community. In this lesson, students will compose a formal letter of introduction that allows... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Writing a Letter of Introduction

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.2.W.2, 8.2.W.3
More 4
Time Frame
Character Recipe Cards

the Great Gatsby and the sense of taste

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

In this lesson, students will explore how the sense of taste functions in The Great Gatsby by composing recipes that make connections between culinary creations and character. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Character Recipe Cards

the Great Gatsby and the sense of taste

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • American Literature

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 10.1.R.3, 10.2.R.1, 10.4.W.2
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Time Frame -2 class period(s)
Who's Coming to Dinner?

Descriptive Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

This is a quick and simple twist or extension of the lesson "Sweet and Savory Writing" that can be found in the K20 LEARN lesson repository. In this lesson, students will apply knowledge of the five senses to enhance descriptive writing. Students review the five senses, utilize that practice to rewrite... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Who's Coming to Dinner?

Descriptive Writing

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition, Creative Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.4.W.2
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
What To Do With All These Clues? Call the Garbage Detective!

Observations and Inferences

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th - 6th

In this lesson, students play the role of a nosy detective, digging through a mysterious neighbor's garbage to make observations and inferences in order to solve a case. Using images and "artifacts," students create a character profile to show how their observations and inferences help them come to... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th - 6th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 5.3.R.2, 5.3.R.6, 6.4.R.3
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
The Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg

The Great Gatsby and the Sense of Sight

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

This lesson should be taught as a culminating project after the novel "The Great Gatsby" has been read completely. In this lesson, students will explore the essential question "What can one's observations about a person reveal about their character?" to create a multimodal composition that explores... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg

The Great Gatsby and the Sense of Sight

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • A.P. Literature and Composition, American Literature

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 10.3.R.7, 10.7.W.2
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Time Frame 3-5 class period(s)