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Use Your Noodle

Avoiding Comma Blunders

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Students will model their writing using mentor sentences and use the mentor sentences to understand how and why authors use commas to make their sentences clear and grammatically correct. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Use Your Noodle

Avoiding Comma Blunders

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition, Creative Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 10.5.W.1, 10.5.W.2
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Totally Different Stories

Perspective

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

In this lesson, students will consider the context and evaluate perspectives while comparing "Story of an Hour" and excerpts from "The Awakening". After reading the stories, students will write a short response from the perspective of the characters. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.1, 9.3.R.2, 9.3.W.1
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"Kind of Like an Octopus"

Creating Instructional Content for YouTube

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students discuss their favorite content creators on YouTube. They explore different content creators on a Wakelet and consider what it is about the video that makes it intriguing. Students learn from a YouTube content creator that creating YouTube videos is "kind of like an octopus"—you need a lot of... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
"Kind of Like an Octopus"

Creating Instructional Content for YouTube

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 11.1.W.1, 11.5.W.3, 11.7.W.1
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 60 minutes
The Sirens

Is It a Bird or Is It a Fish? 

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

In this lesson, students will be asked to determine what a siren is. Students will read an excerpt from "The Odyssey" and other texts and watch selected videos. They will examine the various texts and videos from different perspectives to draw conclusions about the mythical siren. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Sirens

Is It a Bird or Is It a Fish? 

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • World Literature

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 9.3.R.7, 9.3.W.5, 9.7.R.1
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 3- class period(s)
The K20 Chronicle, Lesson 1

What Makes a Good Article?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this introductory lesson, students will explore the different parts of a journalistic article to determine what makes a good newspaper or magazine story. Students will begin by brainstorming a list of elements that make an article visually, textually, and emotionally engaging. Students then will... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The K20 Chronicle, Lesson 1

What Makes a Good Article?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Journalism

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 11.3.R.5, 11.3.R.6, 11.3.R.7
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Time Frame 120-150 minutes
Rikki-Tikki-Types of Sentences

Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative Mood

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

In this lesson, students will distinguish between indicative, imperative, and interrogative sentences. Students will act out different types of sentences and write their own sentences in indicative, imperative, and interrogative mood. While this lesson is currently aligned only to 8th grade standards,... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Rikki-Tikki-Types of Sentences

Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative Mood

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • British Literature

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.5.W.5
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 2 class period(s)
Making Sense of MLA

Citing Sources and MLA Formatting

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will examine and explore examples and non-examples of MLA formatting in order to come to a clear understanding or correct citation. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Making Sense of MLA

Citing Sources and MLA Formatting

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • A.P. Language and Composition, A.P. Literature and Composition, Composition

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 10.6.W.3
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Monster Monday: The Good, the Bad, and the Sparkly

Vampire Tropes Through History

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Enter if you dare. This highly spooky lesson will have your students exploring the history, motivation, and global perspectives of vampires through excerpts and videos across time. Make sure when you embark on this adventure with your students that you keep a close eye on them throughout—vampires tend... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 11.3.R.1
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Time Frame 120-160 minutes
It Wasn't Me

"The Crucible"

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

In this post-reading, cross-curricular lesson on the play, "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, students participate in a mock trial to determine how many "witches" are in the class. Afterwards, students will read an interview with Arthur Miller in which he describes why he wrote the play. During this exercise,... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
It Wasn't Me

"The Crucible"

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • American Literature

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 11.3.R.4
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It's All Greek to Me

Greek and Latin Roots 

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

In this lesson about Greek and Latin roots, students will explore word origins by discovering root words and applying them to their own writing. Students will work in groups and use learning strategies to recognize Latin and Greek roots, then complete a reading and annotation activity to identify English... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
It's All Greek to Me

Greek and Latin Roots 

Subject Subject

  • English/Language Arts

Course Course

  • Composition, Creative Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.4.R.1, 8.4.R.2
More 1-2 class period(s)
Time Frame 100 minutes