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

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Aligned lesson plans

Stories from the Holocaust
This lesson is designed to supplement a study of World War II. Students will read first hand accounts of individuals who escaped Nazi persecution and eventually settled in Asheville, North Carolina. This lesson may be used as an 8th grade Social Studies or English project(It could also be used as an integrated project), 10th grade English, or 11th grade US History. This lesson uses the NCEcho portal to access the material.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Billie Clemens.
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
This middle school lesson uses picture books to integrate American Indian culture and belief systems with language and visual arts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts, Guidance, and Social Studies)
By Edie McDowell.
Mountain dialect: Reading between the spoken lines
This lesson plan uses Chapter 13 of Our Southern Highlanders as a jumping-off point to help students achieve social studies and English language arts objectives while developing an appreciation of the uniqueness of regional speech patterns, the complexities of ethnographic encounter, and the need to interrogate primary sources carefully to identify potential biases and misinformation in them. Historical content includes American slavery, the turn of the century, and the Great Depression.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have A Dream” speech
Students will display their understanding of the symbolism and references that Dr. King used to enrich his famous speech on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by constructing a “jackdaw,” a collection of documents and objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Charlotte Lammers.
Is no man an island?
This unit is designed to encourage thinking about our connectedness to and responsibilities toward others. Materials in this unit are used to demonstrate humankind's need to refute an impersonal natural order.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Jewell Kendrick.
Interpreting a short story
Students will study the literary genre of the short story and examine how, through writing, an author can comment directly/indirectly on our society as a whole. Hopefully, the students will develop an awareness of the problems/concerns facing our society and an appreciation of how a skilled writer can mirror society's ills and sometimes offer solutions for the problems that plague us.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Regina Johnson.
Good medicine
Students will examine changes in technology, medicine, and health that took place in North Carolina between 1870 and 1930 and construct products and ideas which demonstrate understanding of how these changes impacted people living in North Carolina at that time. To achieve these goals, students will employ the eight intelligences of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Leslie Ramsey.
Folklife
Students will learn North Carolina folklore, traditions, war activities, local legends, superstitions, food preparation traditions, art, songs and dances which are unique to the area.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Carolyn Early.
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
Dovey Coe, a young adolescent novel by Frances O'Roark Dowell of Boone, North Carolina, takes place in the 1930s in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The use of mountain dialect continues to remind the reader of the importance of setting in this novel. The study of a selection from this novel will help students realize the impact of dialect in literature as well as their own speaking and writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Barbara Groome and Jo Peterson Gibbs.

Resources on the web

Using QARs to develop comprehension and reflective reading habits
This ReadWriteThink lesson provides a foundation for building reflective reading habits, which enable students to develop higher-level comprehension strategies. Students are introduced to a variety of question-answer relationships (QARs) in an effort to... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Using children's literature to develop classroom community
This lesson introduces students to the concept of collaborative learning with an activity based on Shel Silverstein's poem, “What's in the Sack?”. After developing a foundation for group and partner work, students explore children's literature... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Student contracting
This lesson from ReadWriteThink provides teachers with a basic contract format, sustained silent reading (SSR) extension activities, and literature response activities. Students develop contracts that focus on language arts education. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Scaling back to essentials: Scaffolding summarization with fishbone mapping
Students learn effective reading strategies in this lesson that focuses on a nonfiction piece about nature. The lesson includes explicit instruction on how to use repeated references as a strategy for determining important information in a text and how... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
My life/your life: A look at your parents' past
The goal of this lesson is to help students make connections between their experiences and those of their parents through reflection and writing. After students become familiar with the format of interviews by evaluating sample questions and answers of... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
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Literature circle roles reframed: Reading as a film crew
Students read and analyze books in this lesson where film production roles are substituted for the traditional literature circle roles. After students brainstorm roles found in film crews, they consider what the possible responsibilities of these jobs would... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Fighting injustice by studying lessons of the past
Using an online Venn Diagram tool, students study the experience of European Jews during the Holocaust, and then compare their experience to those of the Cherokees during the Trail of Tears and the Japanese‚ÄďAmericans during World War II. Students write... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Exploring free speech and persuasion with "Nothing but the Truth"
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, after reading the novel Nothing But The Truth, students discuss the protagonist Phillip and his right to free speech as well as their own rights. Students examine various Web sites to research First Amendment... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
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Developing a definition of reading through analysis in middle school
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students will interact with a variety of different texts to uncover a broader meaning of reading. Given one of a variety of different texts, students will brainstorm alone and together what they will need as a reader... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
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Critical literacy: Point of view
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students learn to look at texts from different viewpoints. Was the “big bad wolf” really bad? Throughout the lesson, students are encouraged to view texts from different angles. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
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Cosmic oranges: Observation and inquiry through descriptive writing and art
The lesson is designed to enhance cognitive skills used in nearly every discipline and can serve as a prelude to an inquiry project, scientific investigation, art project, or descriptive writing assignment. After students work in collaborative groups to... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink