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Lesson Plans: Language Arts

Middle School

Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization

Learning Objectives
Identify events that advance the plot, and determine how each event explains past or present action(s) or foreshadows future action(s). Analyze characterization as revealed through a character’s thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; the narrator’s description; and the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters in a variety of literary texts.

MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Post Assessment MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Post Assessment (26 KB)
Middle school language arts unit. Resources and references.

MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Revised Lesson Plan MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Revised Lesson Plan (218 KB)
Middle school language arts. Revised lesson plan.

MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Revised Unit Plan MS-LA: Elements of Plot - Emphasis on Characterization: Revised Unit Plan (54 KB)
Middle school language arts. Revised unit plan.




Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice

Learning Objectives
Seed Folks (used as a model book): Emphasis on voice and first person point of view.

MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Character Grid MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Character Grid (44 KB)
Middle school language arts lesson. Resources and references.

MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Pain and Great One MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Pain and Great One (858 KB)
Middle school language arts lesson. Resources and references.

MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Revised Lesson Plan MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Revised Lesson Plan (710 KB)
Middle school language arts. Revised lesson plan.

MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Revised Unit Plan MS-LA: Looking at Diversity through Point of View and Voice: Revised Unit Plan (710 KB)
Middle school language arts. Revised unit plan.



High School

American Dream


Learning Objectives
How do different people view the “American Dream”? Does the “American Dream” still exist? If so, which one? How can different genres express each of these interpretations of the American Dream? What does the American Dream mean to you? How has it changed, if at all? Which genre would represent it best?

HS-LA: American Dream: Narrative Writings Journey HS-LA: American Dream: Narrative Writings Journey (3345 KB)
High school language parts. Revised lesson plan. Social and Political Movements.

HS-LA: American Dream: Narrative Writings Journey: Original lesson plan HS-LA: American Dream: Narrative Writings Journey: Original lesson plan (25 KB)
High school language arts. Original lesson plan. Social and Political Movements: Narrative Writings

HS-LA: American Dream: Original Unit Plan HS-LA: American Dream: Original Unit Plan (29 KB)
High school language arts. Original unit plan.

HS-LA: American Dream: Rationale for Changes HS-LA: American Dream: Rationale for Changes (60 KB)
High school language arts. Rationale for changes to unit and lesson plans.

HS-LA: American Dream: Revised Unit Plan HS-LA: American Dream: Revised Unit Plan (47 KB)
High school language arts. Revised unit plan.

Plot, Characterization, and Literary Devices Using Romeo & Juliet


Learning Objectives
Identify literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism. Analyze an author’s development of time and sequence. Identify and describe dialogue, soliloquies, asides, character foils, and stage directions in dramatic literature through the use of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
Lesson Objectives: To introduce students to Romeo and Juliet, Act 1. To introduce students to their writing journal and have students complete on journal entry. To have students learn two literary devices, Oxymoron and Rhymed Couplet.

HS-LA: Romeo & Juliet: Revised Lesson Plan HS-LA: Romeo & Juliet: Revised Lesson Plan (37 KB)
High school language arts. Revised lesson plan.

HS-LA: Romeo & Juliet: Revised Unit Plan HS-LA: Romeo & Juliet: Revised Unit Plan (31 KB)
High school language arts. Revised unit plan.