RL.9-10.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

 
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How'd he do that? Memoir Style Stations

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Reading and Writing: Persepolis and Memoir
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Reading and Writing: Persepolis and Memoir
Jessica Keigan
Thornton, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

We've spent two weeks looking at a graphic memoir--now it's time to see how other writers use imagery to teach us their life lessons.

 
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Poetry: Analysis with Half-Hanged Mary

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Reading The Soul: The Personal Essay and Poetry
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Reading The Soul: The Personal Essay and Poetry
Lindsay Thompson
Independence, MO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Poetry made easy!

 
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"Rich Girls Don't Marry Poor Boys": The Connection Between Author and Text

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: "The Great Gatsby" Characterization, Style, and Visual Literacy
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: "The Great Gatsby" Characterization, Style, and Visual Literacy
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The events of the life and characteristics of the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald are linked in his writing; today students are introduced to both.

 
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The First Day of High School: "This is Me in Grade 9!"

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Constructive Controversy -- Oral and Written Argumentation
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Constructive Controversy -- Oral and Written Argumentation
Tim  Pappageorge
Park Ridge, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Here's a great way to start your year--with a little bit of controversy and a lot of fun.

 
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Mystery, Tension, and the Supernatural in Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Sins, Poems, Virtues and Short Stories
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Sins, Poems, Virtues and Short Stories
Elizabeth  Slaine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Extra Extra--Student reporters dig deep into the deaths of Joe Kanty and Spunk Banks. Is it murder or is the supernatural at play?

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"Mockingbird" Logistics: Creative Project Introduction and Forming Literature Circle Groups

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collaborative Study
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collaborative Study
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Meet and greet; students get to know their literature circle groups for "To Kill a Mockingbird"

 
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Free Verse and Figurative Language: Understanding Whitman's Use of Metaphor

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Figurative Language in the Poetry of Whitman & Dickinson
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Whistling while we work, singing while we study, we analyze Whitman's poetry.

 
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Words in Context: The Amazing Race to "The Cask of Amontillado" (Day 1 of 2)

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Actions and Reactions in The Cask of Amontillado
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Actions and Reactions in The Cask of Amontillado
Paula Stanton
Bel Air, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Making meaning with a partner is much more fun as students determine the meaning of words in context and start The Amazing Race

 
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What is a Plot W?: Lessons from "Everybody Knows Tobie"

9th Grade ELA » Unit: In My Mind's Eye: Writing Powerful Narration
9th Grade ELA » Unit: In My Mind's Eye: Writing Powerful Narration
Tim  Pappageorge
Park Ridge, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students enjoy writing with the element of surprise when they use a Plot W narrative structure.

 
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Choosing Words Carefully: Anne Bradstreet's Diction and Style

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

As students look deeper into the themes and diction Puritan Poetry, they explore how one person expresses solace even amid devastating tragedy.

 
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An Introduction to Persepolis

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Reading and Writing: Persepolis and Memoir
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Narrative Reading and Writing: Persepolis and Memoir
Jessica Keigan
Thornton, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In order to understand what you are reading, it is helpful to keep a written record of big ideas.

 
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Introducing and Identifying Irony

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: What's Your (Local) Color? Regionalism in the American Short Story
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: What's Your (Local) Color? Regionalism in the American Short Story
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Isn't it ironic? Or is it? We'll be defining and identifying irony in class today.

 
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Literature: Harrison Bergeron and Text Based Answers (Day 1 of 2)

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Story Boot Camp
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Story Boot Camp
Lindsay Thompson
Independence, MO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Text dependent questions and text based answers are the perfect way to bridge the reading and writing standards.

 
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The Amazing Race to Answer Text-Dependent Questions on"The Cask of Amontillado" (Day 2 of 2)

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Actions and Reactions in The Cask of Amontillado
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Actions and Reactions in The Cask of Amontillado
Paula Stanton
Bel Air, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students compete in "The Amazing Race" to answer text-dependent questions, but everyone can win!

 
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Shocking Rituals of the Nacirema

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary: Point of View and Perspective in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Literary: Point of View and Perspective in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction
Tim  Pappageorge
Park Ridge, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How would you describe the rituals of our everyday, American lives? This essay takes a surprising tack.

 
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