Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - Activity: Tying it All Together

Language Arts Activity - Tying it All Together

By: Connie Casserly
Grades 6-12

Activity: Tying it All Together
Well-constructed stories build durable structures, be they short pieces or novels. To do so, authors use the elements of literature for the framing, the finish work and the decorations. Each student's level of knowledge forms his/her understanding and creates this person's own comprehension home.

This FREE 10-page activity, Activity: Tying it All Together, offers teachers 8 lessons - one each for Character, Plot, Conflict, Setting, Theme, Symbols, Point of View and Closure. Each activity supports Common Core and/or basic state-mandated standards.

Depending on each student's skill, ability and understanding level, teachers may choose to have their charges complete one, some, or all of the activities. When all are completed, students will advance their understanding of each aspect of Bloom's Taxonomy: Remember/Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and Create. This enables them to develop their higher level thinking skills, a crucial aspect of learning.

Teachers may opt to use these open-ended activities for
·         individual or group activities during the study of an element
·         story/novel pre-assessment reviews
·         reinforcement in needed areas after the assessment
·         Teacher-choice lesson
Understanding how the elements of literature create resilient structures empowers students to build sturdy academic homes. This grasp also adds depth to comprehension and expansion to higher-level thinking skills that will produce lifelong learners.

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