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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
What Do You Want to Talk About?

Writing Dialogue

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

There is a quote that says, “Dialogue is easy. It’s what you’ve been doing almost every day, most of your life” (Josip Novakovich). Sure, dialogue seems simple; it’s having a conversation. But what about writing dialogue? To write conversations between characters, or even for a character with themselves,... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts, ICAP

Course Course

  • Composition, Creative Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.7.R.2, 9.7.W.1
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Time Frame
Sentence Structure in Siddhartha

Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Sentence structure adds variety, interest, and impact to a text. Different sentence structures are composed of clauses and combinations of clauses, and these add varied sentence lengths and styles to a text. This lesson asks students to identify and practice writing simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Sentence Structure in Siddhartha

Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • A.P. Literature and Composition

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.5.W.1, 9.5.W.2
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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
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Thank You for Being a Friend

Writing a Thank You Note

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

There are a multitude of reasons why we offer thanks to others. Whether someone has done us a favor, given us a gift, shared their personal or professional time, or even just offered a kind word, thanking them with a sincere thank you note is a timeless and appreciated form of gratitude. A timely and... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Thank You for Being a Friend

Writing a Thank You Note

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.2.W.1, 9.4.W.2
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Time Frame
To Whom It May Concern

Writing a Professional Email

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

A necessary skill for most 21st-century digital citizens is professional email communication. A cordial, professional email is not only a sign of respectful communication, but also clearly relays an intention or request that honors the recipient’s time and encourages a desired action, response, or feeling.... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
To Whom It May Concern

Writing a Professional Email

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.2.W.1, 9.4.W.2
More 1
Time Frame 50
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)
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)
Memory Haiku

The Great Gatsby and the Sense of Smell

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th Grade

In this lesson, students will compose haiku inspired by an analysis of the connection between smell and memory in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby." Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Memory Haiku

The Great Gatsby and the Sense of Smell

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.W.1
More 55 minutes
Time Frame 1- class period(s)
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 100 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)