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Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs

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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
Lesson Author

Cathy Allen Simon

Cathy Allen Simon

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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Student Interactives

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Making the Cut: Revising Memoirs by Detecting Clutter and Confusion

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   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Aim for the Heart: Using Haiku to Identify Theme

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

Manipulating Sentences to Reinforce Grammar Skills

Students manipulate sentences from books or magazines to examine changes in meaning and parts of speech.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

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

She Did What? Revising for Connotation

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

Family Memoir: Getting Acquainted With Generations Before Us

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

Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems

After reading several poems that expand the definition of love poetry, students compose found poems based on a personal memoir—either their own or a love story of another writer.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Word Matrix

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.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Expanding Vision: Teaching Haiku

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.

 

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