A lesson plan for grade 11 English Language Arts BY JENNIFER SWARTZ
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The scarlet “A”: Role-play in writing: This lesson was created to follow a close reading and examination of Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The plan uses a small group format and rotation schedule. The activities created strengthen students' understanding of an author's use of characterization, while reinforcing reading and creative writing skills. Singing the "Song of Life": This lesson requires students to use their reading, comprehension, and analysis skills to analyze a poem and respond creatively to the selection. A Christmas Carol chronology: Christmas Carol Chronology, based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, provides students with an opportunity to develop comprehension by listing plot developments and arranging them sequentially. This lesson begins with cooperative learning groups and ends with an individual manipulative activity of cutting and pasting strips of events in chronological order.
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Learn more about Their Eyes Were Watching God, United States literature,Zora Neale Hurston, cooperative learning, journalism, language arts,literature, novels, and writing.
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The students will construct a newspaper from Janie Starks’ Eatonville. In doing so, they will show their understanding of audience, newspaper format, sensory details, and sufficient literary support from the text.
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Poster board Assortment of magazines and newspapers available for destruction Markers and colored pencils Construction paper Scissors Glue sticks
Computer for typing articles
Students will read chapters 1–12 of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The dialect Hurston uses in the novel can be difficult for some students, so I review using study questions with the entire class. Review the difference between the subjective point of view used to narrate the novel and the objective viewpoint used in a newspaper.
I allow students four class periods to work on their newspapers in groups in the classroom. Many students use time outside of class to construct their papers. Determine the size of your newspaper groups. I like to have about five or six students per newspaper team. Review with students the components of an ordinary newspaper: masthead editorials
Biographical information is available in Word or RTF format. one person must agree to work as the editor for the paper team. what. students are able to discuss their thoughts about the assignment and if they really have a greater understanding of the novel after a closer reading of its first half.
I am always searching for alternative methods to resource and teacher-designed tests. or they may use the townspeople of Eatonville as reporters. Project due date is usually one week from assignment date. Finally. On day four.
. This activity is extremely adaptable to other novels and can be used in many different grade levels. so I write story ideas on the board as students share them aloud in class. but will help to motivate the group and keep members on task. they’re on their own. when. Monitor student progress. This person still contributes to the project. My students really use four class periods to work on their newspapers (initially). Any level of student enjoys a head start. In each group. They use their own time to get their articles typed. how.layout weather lead story sports by-line classifieds photography article content: who. and why Students may write the articles as objective outsiders. where. At this time. students are able to bring all their materials together and permanently arrange them on the poster board. we hang the newspapers on the walls of my classroom or in the school library… they could inspire a new reader of Hurston’s work. After that. Students present their newspapers in groups at the front of the classroom while I grade the newspapers according to the rubric.
Rubric can be downloaded in Word or RTF format.