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This thematic bundle for African American History Month includes nine secondary ELA lessons and activities that teach a variety of ELA reading, writing, and grammar skills. Specifically, the bundle includes five paired passages lessons, two nonfiction connections lessons, one speech lesson, and one grammar Trashketball game to review sentence structures.
The paired passage and nonfiction connection lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author. Before-, during-, and post-reading strategies help them construct connections between the texts.
The following texts, which are in the public domain, are included in the bundle:
"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, "I’m Nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson, "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, "Ain’t I a Woman?" By Sojourner Truth, excerpt from My Bondage & My Freedom by Frederick Douglass, excerpt from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes.
In order to respect copyright, online links are provided to the following texts (many of these are also available in school texts and anthologies): "First Lesson" by Philip Booth, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, "I’ve Seen the Promised Land" by Martin Luther King, Jr., and two articles from The New York Times.
Several lessons culminate in writing tasks that imitate the style of the PARCC prototype. One lesson gives students an opportunity to select a writing activity from a menu of choices. The speech lesson guides students through the writing process as they write a persuasive speech. All of these lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The final activity is a game that helps students review the following sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. The sample sentences celebrate the lives and achievements of Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, and Oprah Winfrey. All that you need for the activity is the ability to project a PowerPoint presentation, a soft ball, some dark tape, and a trash can.
This 164-page bundle contains resources including the following:
-explicit lesson plans with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-contextual reading guides
-sample annotation passages
-poetry analysis graphic organizers
-literary analysis essay prompts
-writing activity menus
-answer keys (with detailed responses for all activities and sample essays)
These extensive lessons will certainly keep your students learning throughout the entire month. And because of the text variety, they are also great for differentiating and meeting the needs of diverse learners. You will also find that with the detailed instructions and samples, many lessons contained in this bundle make excellent substitute plans.
If you have purchased a previous bundle, please check to ensure you are not buying duplicate lessons. All of these lessons may be purchased separately, too, and you can find them at the links below.
Meaningful and Memorable English Language Arts by © OCBeachTeacher
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