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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2a: Working with Evidence: Working Conditions Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
The three units in Module 2A present seventh-graders with literary and informational texts—Katherine Paterson’s novel Lyddie and a speech by Cesar Chavez—that examine historical and present-day working conditions. Pupils learn how to...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2b: Working with Evidence Identity and Transformation: Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
Grade 7 ELA Module 2B examines how society attempts to define individuals and how they try to define themselves. In Unit 1, seventh graders read narratives to gain background knowledge of the concept of personal identity. They learn how...
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Analyzing Author’s Point of View: Chapter 4 of World without Fish

For Teachers 6th Standards
Give me a clue. Scholars work in triads to use highlighters and mark clues that lead to the author's point of view in World without Fish. The Author’s Point of View graphic organizer helps them map out their thoughts.
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Author’s Perspective

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Gradually build understanding of author's point of view through a scaffolded set of exercises. Moving from direct instruction, to collaborative work, and eventually to independent practice, these steps will assist your class in grasping...
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Author In The Spotlight

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Complete an in-depth study of the works or a specific author. Working in pairs, learners read at least four works by the same author. After completing the reading, they create an essay comparing and contrasting the works and create an...
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Analyzing Word Choice: Understanding Working Conditions in the Mills

For Teachers 7th Standards
Ravenous or hungry, happy or ecstatic—why does word choice matter? Scholars continue to analyze working conditions in the mill and how the conditions affect the protagonist of Katherine Paterson's novel, Lyddie. They engage in a close...
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Analyzing Point of View and Figurative Language: Noah’s Point of View of the Coral Queen and Dusty Muleman

For Teachers 6th Standards
Literally, what's the meaning? Scholars read pages seven through nine of Flush and discuss literal and nonliteral meaning with figurative language. Learners work in triads to identify and define unfamiliar words. They then complete a...
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Close Reading: Analyzing Mood and Tone

For Students 9th - 12th
The AP Literature and Composition exam is all about close reading. Test takers are presented with a passage and asked to analyze how an author uses literary devices to create a desired effect. Prepare your students for the exam with a...
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Author's Day

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Have your learners choose an author to study. One resource link gives a list of approved authors. Scholars read at least three works produced by that author and produce three separate book reports as well as a two-page author report....
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Hermeneutics: Teaching Students Author's Purpose

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners find the author's meaning in a poem. They read an untitled poem by Ryszard Kapuscinski about the Holocaust (not attached). They research the Polish author's life and discuss what the poem means in that context. They generate...
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Analyzing Author’s Craft: Analyzing Hillenbrand’s Language Techniques

For Teachers 8th Standards
Young readers take a look at conditional and subjunctive moods authors use. The Conditional and Subjunctive Mood handout defines the types of mood and gives them examples and practice. They then work with partners to identify conditional...
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End of Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Author’s Craft in To Kill a Mockingbird: Allusions, Text Structure, Connections to Traditional Themes, and Figurative Language

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars demonstrate their learning with an end-of-unit assessment. They work independently to discuss the Golden Rule and its relationship in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Analyzing Grammar and Syntax in Ayn Rand's Anthem

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“I am. I think. I will.” Seek the secrets of words. Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides the text for a series of exercises that ask readers to analyze how Rand uses antimetabole, epistrophe, parallelism, and repetition to create meaning. Using...
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Changing An Author's Purpose

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Some write to inform, and others to persuade. Show your class the difference between these two purposes with the instructional activity and sample essays provided here. First, model how you might change a few words in order to present a...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read

For Teachers 6th Standards
The second lesson of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and...
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Analyzing the Central Claim and Supporting Claims: “The Shakespeare Shakedown”

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars continue to analyze Simon Schama's article "The Shakespeare Shakedown." They participate in a jigsaw discussion to identify the author's argument and supporting claims. Pupils also write objective summaries of the text. 
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Analyzing Literary Devices

For Teachers 8th Standards
Eighth graders identify figurative language and poetry in this literary analysis lesson. Using Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a YouTube video for "The Walrus and the Carpenter," young readers complete a literary device...
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Character Development/Analyzing Characters

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Asking your class members to analyze the characters in a text they are reading? Here are templates for graphic organizers that make the task much simpler. Users are asked to identify traits, motivations, conflicts, relationships, and/or...
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Analyze Author’s Techniques, Including Figurative Language

For Students 8th
Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "He Had His Dream" is the focus of a quick exercise. Pupils read the poem and answer four multiple choice questions and one short answer question about specific lines in the poem and the author's purpose....
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The Mudders

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Every family has a funny story or two that needs to be told. After reading and analyzing a story written with the home spun humor of Mark Twain, learners work to develop their humours voice. The story is extremely funny and is a good...
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The End: Special Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Setting the stage, creating characters, and establishing a suspenseful storyline can be a tricky task. Young authors read the story The End as a model of good and organized writing. They analyze the writer's techniques and employ them in...
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Hermeneutics: Teaching Students Author's Purpose

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Your developing literary critics discuss 'perspective' and discuss how the same occurence can be interpreted by two different people in two different ways. They read Ryszard Kapuscinski's untitled poem, infer meaning of the poem, and...
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Author’s Stylebook: Pacing

For Teachers 10th Standards
What techniques do writers use to create pacing in a narrative? Learners read David Matthews' essay "Pick One" and analyze its pacing. They answer text-dependent questions to demonstrate understanding and learn about subordination and...
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World Cafe: Analyzing Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”

For Teachers 8th Standards
May I take your order? Scholars read "Ain’t I a Woman" and participate in a World Cafe. They work in small groups to discuss various text related questions, and then complete a Note-Catcher sheet to organize their thoughts. For homework,...

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