When preparing your students for standardized tests, those little standards labeled Speaking And Listening can easily slip by the wayside. And yet, is there any skill more important in landing a job, surviving social engagements, or being a successful leader than confident oral language skills? Teach your students to analyze great speeches to become better public speakers themselves.
All AboutLanguage Arts
Information about how to differentiate within language arts.
Increase the complexity of character analysis with these ideas.
Patterns In Narrative Writing
A series of lessons to teach students' deeper patterns in narrative writing. Let's go beyond: plot, setting, and character!
What can we do with poetry to push students' understanding to a deeper level?
Take students’ analysis of speeches to the next level by analyzing patterns across several famous speeches in this second part of a series.
Symbolism, a mainstay of literature discussion, seems too abstract and ephemeral to teach to younger students. However, with a well-constructed lesson, students will quickly get the hang of symbolic representation. We’ll finish this unit up with some great pixel-art and computer painting.
I came across these drawings by Adam Watson. They’re scenes and characters from Star Wars, remade in the style of Dr. Seuss. What a fascinating way to extend a typical writing assignment: ask students to recreate a story as if it were created by another author.
Let’s write a persuasive essay about one holiday from the point of view of another holiday’s “mascot.” For example, what would the Easter Bunny think about Christmas, how would Santa feel about Valentine’s Day, and what would a Turkey have to say about St. Patrick’s Day?