For my students, reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is definitely the highlight of my English III honors course. Included in this mini-bundle are three separate activities, each syncing with different Common Core ELA strands. Included are:
While reading William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, I use the included transcript from a NPR podcast called "Bored and Brilliant - A Challenge to Disconnect from Your SmartPhone" along with the writing activity (which I designed along
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Informational Text
In groups of four, students divvy up four articles (one per group member), each offering perspectives on mankind's preoccupation with apocalyptic scenarios. Students individually suggest conclusions derived from their separate articles as well as
English Language Arts, Reading, Informational Text
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Cultural Activities
A quick, meaningful skills-practice activity via a quick, powerful story.
Students read "The Story of an Hour" and answer questions that prompt them to identify and track where specific themes emerge and develop.
This short assessment / activity asks students to scour specific pages in the text for quotes that affirm certain themes in Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Are Watching God'.
After copying the quote that best supports the themes below, students
I use this excerpt (from the very beginning of the novel) - which includes questions involving underlining key phrases, multiple choice, and short answer - before students go home to read the first section of 'Of Mice and Men'. Working on and then
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Close Reading
This essay template assists students in tracking down, explicating, and analyzing the effect of the three different types of irony (verbal, situational, & dramatic) in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
With the high degree of scaffolding