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Resources for Grades 7 - 8


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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

Critical Media Literacy: TV Programs

By critically analyzing popular television programs, students develop an awareness of the messages that are portrayed through the media.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry

Students read an example of allegory, review literary concepts, complete literary elements maps and plot diagrams, create a pictorial allegory, and write diamante poems related to the theme of change.

 

 

Flip-a-Chip

Flip-a-Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.

 
 

 

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

IRA's position on recognizing an expanded conception of literacy and supporting learners as they use and interact with information and communication technologies.

 

Language and Literacy: The Poetry Connection

Language and Literacy: The Poetry Connection

Offers a conceptual framework for building language awareness through the reading of poetry, encouraging children to reflect on language in interesting and powerful ways. Provides an instructional model for constructing literature-based experiences in the classroom.

 

 

Community Stories  

Lauren Boulden

Using Think-Alouds to Get Inside Langston Hughes' Head

Lauren Boulden | Language Arts Teacher | Camden-Wyoming, DE

Over my past few years of teaching, there have been multiple occasions where I have been stumped on how to present a particular concept to my students