RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

 
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9th Grade ELA » Unit: Writing Arguments
Paula Stanton
Bel Air, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Lather up everyone! Students use a SOAPSTone chart to read an important American speech closely.

 
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Determining Who's to Blame for Romeo and Juliet's Death (Day 1 of 2)

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet Act 5: Theme Analysis, Comparing Text to Film, and Analytical Writing
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Romeo and Juliet Act 5: Theme Analysis, Comparing Text to Film, and Analytical Writing
Allyson McHugh
Waltham, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Romeo drank the poison, but is he to blame?

 
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Images of Wrath and Redemption: Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

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:

Fire & Wrath! Jonathan Edwards' vivid imagery in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" delivers a fear-filled impact.

 
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This Stands for What? Explaining Symbolism in The Scarlet Ibis

9th Grade ELA » Unit: The Search For Identity: "The Scarlet Ibis" Reading and Analysis
9th Grade ELA » Unit: The Search For Identity: "The Scarlet Ibis" Reading and Analysis
Paula Stanton
Bel Air, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Two minds are better than one in this pairing activity to identify symbols; Students create a study buddy in a crafty foldable for keeping track of notes and concepts

 
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Will it Parallel?! Structure and Form in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Rhetorical Devices and Revolutionary Thinking of the Enligtenment
10th Grade English » Unit: Literacy: Rhetorical Devices and Revolutionary Thinking of the Enligtenment
Christopher Arnett
Geneva, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

If two lines on a page can be parallel, how can two lines of words?

 
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9th Grade ELA » Unit: Poetry Analysis
Donna Fletcher
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

What does Paul Laurence Dunbar reveal in his words about the mask we wear in our lives?

 
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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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More Than Turkey Legs & Buckled Hats: Puritan Background & Poetic Analysis

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:

Most high school students can identify Thanksgiving Dinner with Puritans; today students explore the meaning, tone, and diction in Puritan poetry.

 
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Explicating House Work: Edward Taylor & The Conceit

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:

Shocking and unusual metaphors are examined and created as students explore the conceit as a literary device.

 
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Elements of Life in Harlem During the 1920's and 1930's: Analyzing Poems to Discover Harlem Renaissance Poets’ Point of view and Purpose

9th Grade ELA » Unit: An Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Writers: Critical and Creative Reading and Writing
9th Grade ELA » Unit: An Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Writers: Critical and Creative Reading and Writing
SiriNam Khalsa
Springfield, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

How did life in Harlem affect Harlem Renaissance poets?

 
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Introduction to Annotation Techniques

10th Grade ELA » Unit: Establishing a Classroom Culture: Reading and Writing
10th Grade ELA » Unit: Establishing a Classroom Culture: Reading and Writing
Jessica Keigan
Thornton, CO
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Today students build a tool box of annotation techniques ensure that students will have customizable resources to engage with text.

 
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9th Grade ELA » Unit: Writing Arguments
Paula Stanton
Bel Air, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What's the score? Students write comparisons of Dr. King and Malcolm and X and score their own writing.

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

Students practice their "annotation strokes" by using an annotation palette while reading

 
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Understanding Word Choice and Zora Neal Hurston's Feelings About Herself in How it Feels to be Colored Me

9th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Non Fiction: How it Feels to Be Colored Me and Salvation
9th Grade ELA » Unit: Short Non Fiction: How it Feels to Be Colored Me and Salvation
SiriNam Khalsa
Springfield, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

How can students get a deeper understanding of an author's self-image during challenging times.

 
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Analyzing Imagery of Wrath and Redemption: Collaborative Explication of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

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:

A bent bow evokes a threat of physical harm; damned floodwaters, an impending disaster; a spider held above a fire, a feeling of powerlessness: images creating the mood of fear in "Sinners in the Hands of Angry God"

 
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