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Teacher Resources by Grade
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Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using haiku, students focus on themes in literature and demonstrate their understanding of an author’s message. Writing haiku to accompany an analytical paper hones analytical skills and fosters creative expression.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Students manipulate sentences from books or magazines to examine changes in meaning and parts of speech.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan
Students investigate the effects of word choice in Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” to construct a more sophisticated understanding of speaker, subject, and tone.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Did she walk, skip, amble, dance? In this minilesson, students explore connotation by acting out and revising the simple sentence "She walked into the room."
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Creating a memoir of an older family member allows students both to learn more about their own backgrounds and to learn the power of storytellers.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoireither their own or a love story of another writer.
Grades 6 – 10 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students improve a slide show by removing pictures. Their reasons for cutting pictures are translated into revision guidelines for cutting unnecessary words and sections from their rough drafts.
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language
Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this tool that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.
Grades 6 – 12 | Mobile App | Learning About Language
Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this mobile app that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  August 5
Students watch an excerpt of an interview with Tan and apply some of her principles to writing a story of their own.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Despite common misconceptions about haiku, there is a lively and vibrant haiku community throughout the United States and many other countries. Read this article for further discussion on the use of haiku in your own classroom.