English Language Arts Grade 6
Reading: Literature Standard 4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study
In this lesson, students examine story elements and vocabulary associated with mystery stories through Directed LearningThinking Activities and then track these features as they read mystery books from the school or classroom library.
Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary
The Flip-a-Chip activity turns ordinary poker chips into a teaching tool, showing students how different affixes and roots can be joined to make words and then placed into a context-rich paragraph.
How to Study
This site provides students and teachers with strategies and skills that will help students do better in school. It provides information on how to prepare to study, how to improve reading skills, and how to take notes.
Improve Comprehension: A Word Game Using Root Words and Affixes
Many middle school students love friendly competition, and word games can be an ideal context to help them study the meaning, structure, and spelling of words.
Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map
This lesson provides a concrete way for students to learn vocabulary.
Literature Circles: Getting Started
This lesson from ReadWriteThink explores Literature Circles, a great way to supplement a reading program in a literature-based classroom. Students create and answer comprehension questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine elements of literature.
This Teaching Channel video and lesson plan has students analyze and explore poetry through a class blog and podcasting. (4 minutes)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving's tale of the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween classic, although few Americans celebrated that holiday when the story was new. In this unit from EDSITEment, students explore the artistry that helped make Irving our nation's first literary master and ponder the mystery that now haunts every Halloween--What happened to Ichabod Crane?
The Reading Performance
This lesson from ReadWritethink presents an adaptation of the oral recitation lesson: students talk in explicit terms about prosody and gain a new appreciation for written literature intended for oral performance. Technology activities are integrated to instill the value of technology in shaping students' life-long appreciation of literature.
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