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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

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We’re in the process of aligning our content for students to the Standard Course of Study. As we do, you’ll find it here.

General resources

Aligned lesson plans

Uncovering assumptions through critical writing
Students will learn to identify assumptions and propaganda techniques in advertisements. They will then use these techniques to create their own advertisement for a product and write a business letter persuading a company to produce their product.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Rennie Lee.
Teaching point of view
In this lesson plans, students compare and contrast a folktale and a 1903 primary source account in order to gain an understanding of point of view.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts)
By Angela Strother.
Issues, we've all got them: Language arts/visual arts integration
Students will learn how to deal positively with social issues important in their lives through personal investigation of social issues addressed in literature and art.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and English Language Development)
By Runell Carpenter.
Is Mr. Wolf really a bad guy?
This lesson is intended to show children the importance of evaluating information as they read. The author's point of view is limited in that it only truly shows one side of the story. There is always another perspective. How the author views a subject colors everything that he or she writes about.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
How do I look to you?
In this lesson, students will evaluate public service posters and a grooming pamphlet to determine if and how propaganda was used to improve the health of children, and define acceptable appearances for young women in the 1930s.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Loretta Wilson.

Resources on the web

A world of myths
In this lesson from ARTSEDGE, students explore how myths help to explain nature and science. Students read, discuss, and respond in writing to a variety of myths. They then create a graphic representation of one of those myths. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
Reading and writing workshop: "Freak The Mighty"
This lesson plan from ReadWriteThink is a novel study of Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. The lesson includes the modeling and practicing of specific reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary and word study, a figurative language activity,... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Promoting diversity in the classroom and school library through social action
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students explore stereotypes in children's picture books, such as Disney's Princess Collection, in order to identify the limited view established in these fictional worlds. Next, students compare these stereotyped representations... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Postmodern picture books in the middle school
Students learn to analyze plot and critique the author's intent in this lesson that focuses on Black and White by David Macaulay, a picture book that presents four story lines. Students will also explore multi-literacies and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Points of view in the news
This Xpeditions lesson will help students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and websites. Students will read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
Provided by: Xpeditions
The poet's voice: Langston Hughes and you
Some poets achieve popular acclaim only when they express clear and widely shared emotions with a forceful, distinctive, and memorable voice. But what is meant by voice in poetry, and what qualities have made the voice of Langston Hughes a favorite for... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Poems that tell a story: Narrative and persona in the poetry of Robert Frost
In this lesson from EDSITEment, students read, discuss, and analyze selected poems by Robert Frost. The activities that make up this lesson encourage students to draw inferences about a poem's speaker based on evidence contained within the poem and to gather... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Pictures in words: Poems of Tennyson and Noyes
In this lesson from EDSITEment, students will explore how poets Tennyson and Noyes use words to paint vivid and memorable pictures and describe how “word pictures” emphasize or qualify the meanings of their poems. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Myth and truth: "The First Thanksgiving"
Students learn to think critically about commonly believed American myths in this lesson that explores the first “Thanksgiving”. As an introductory activity, students participate in a free-write or class discussion about the difference between... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Modeling reading and analysis processes with the works of Edgar Allan Poe
Explore reading strategies using the think-aloud process as students investigate connections between the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe in this ReadWriteThink lesson, which begins with an in-depth exploration of “The Raven.” Students move... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Memories matter: "The Giver" and descriptive writing memoirs
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students will combine reading with descriptive writing. Students read The Giver by Lois Lowry, as well as short biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs in order to understand the differences between them.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Media awareness: The basics of advertising
In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students discuss why they like the particular toy they have chosen to bring to class. They brainstorm, making a list of different categories of toys, and then discuss reasons for valuing particular toys. They begin to explore the... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
Media awareness: Helping a product cross the finish line
In this final lesson of the Media Awareness unit, students will complete their advertisements, adding in details (such as color and symbols) and background/foreground space on the picture plane. Students will also share their advertisements with the class.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–8 Visual Arts Education and English Language Arts)
Provided by: ArtsEdge
Leading to great places in the middle school classroom
In this lesson that examines leads in literature, students consider how an author's description of setting, action, character, and use of reflection can create strong leads. After the teacher shares examples of great leads, students rate and discuss their... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Inquiry on the internet: Evaluating web pages for a class collection
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students conduct a class inquiry project, individually or in groups, collecting Web-based resources that can be used for further study during the course of the class or for more in-depth projects. Students use Internet... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Information Skills)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink