Lesson Plans – English Language Arts

Lesson Plans for Grades K-5

KTaking Care of Business
KABC Text-plorers
KRetelling Familiar Stories that Include Key Details
K-1"My Family's Journey"
K-2Illuminated Calligrams
K-2I Spy Irises
K-2Action ABC's - Learning Vocabulary with Verbs
K-2The Wind by James Reeves
NEW1Text Detectives Investigate Meat Eating Plants
1Construct a Boat & Make it Float – Construction, Trial and Error, and Boat Revisions
1A Chilly Feeling
1Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
1Determining the Central Message or Lesson of a Story
NEW2THE STAR by Jane Taylor
2A Butterfly is Patient
2The Rooster, the Mouse, and the Little Red Hen
2Close Reading - Charlie Anderson
2Let’s Read It Again: Comprehension Strategies for English-Language Learners
3-5The Water Cycle
NEW3A Close Reading of THE JUNKYARD WONDERS by Patricia Polacco
3Close Reading Literature - “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
3Writing Opinion Essays in Response to “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
3Text Evidence to Support an Argument (Hayes)
3Close Examination of a Complex Text - BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
3A Bad Case of Bullying - Using Literature Response Groups
NEW4Opinion Writing
4“Children at Sea?”
4“The Legend of the First Fire”
4Close Reading of The Life and Times of the Ant
4Determining a Theme and Summarizing Stories, Poems, and Plays
4Applying Question-Answer Relationships to Pictures
5Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, Printer, Writer
5Close Reading – The Serum Run to Nome
5And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
5Alter Egos and More with Avi’s WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?

Lesson Plans for Grades 6-8

NEW6Bee Tongues Shrinking
6The Black Ships Before Troy – The Story of the Iliad – excerpt from The Golden Apple
6Counting down from 11 - Analysis of Point of View in “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros
6The Bears of Yellowstone National Park
6“All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury
6Close Reading - The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
NEW7“Child Soldiers - Analysis of News Articles (Lesson #1)
7“A Retrieved Reformation” by O. Henry – Inference and Evidence
7Current Events in Africa
7Mark Twain-The Glorious Whitewasher
7-8Can Dogs Smell Cancer?
NEW8“1984” by George Orwell with Mini-assessment
8Writing an Objective Summary (Abby Sparrow)
8A Letter to Harriet Tubman
8THE LANDLADY by Roald Dahl, a Close Reading
8“In Response to Executive Order 9066 – All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Center”
8Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by Himself

Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12

9Communicating on Local Issues - Exploring Audience in Persuasive Letter Writing
NEW9-10Should the United States Have Entered World War I?
9-10An Introduction with Death: A Close Reading of the Prologue from THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak
9-12The Little Rock Nine and the Children’s Movement
9-12For the Sake of Argument - Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials
9-12Literary Parodies - Exploring a Writer’s Style through Imitation
11Andrew Carnegie – “The Gospel of Wealth” (1889) – A Close Reading
NEW11-12A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part ll
11-12Teaching About Children’s Rights Through the Work of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
11-12Learning from Disaster—Exploring the Ebola Epidemic
11-12I Am an American Day by Learned Hand