Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

    Created June 24, 2016
  • “The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Audio

    Created June 16, 2016
  • “The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt

    Created June 16, 2016
    Minnie Bruce Pratt

    This lesson plan is the fifth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series.  It provides an audio recording of the poet, Minnie Bruce Pratt, reading the poem “The Great Migration.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

  • “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

    Created May 11, 2016
  • “Cotton Candy” by Edward Hirsch

    Created May 6, 2016
    Edward Hirsch

    This lesson plan is the fourth in the “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community” series. It provides a video of the poet, Edward Hirsch, offering a little backstory, then reading the poem “Cotton Candy.” The companion lesson contains a sequence of activities for use with secondary students before, during, and after reading to help them enter and experience the poem.

  • “Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Created February 2, 2016
    Naomi Shihab Nye

    This lesson plan provides a sequence of activities that you can use with your students before, during, and after reading Gate A-4. Use the whole sequence, or any of the activities, to help your diverse students enter and experience the poem.

    Launchpad. Anton Chekhov, “Home”: A Short Story Exemplar for the Common Core

    Background | Sources for the Reading | How to Use This Launchpad | The Excerpts | Optional Writing Activities

    In winter we close the windows
    and read Chekhov,
    nearly weeping for his world.

    What luxury, to be so happy
    that we can grieve
    over imaginary lives.

    Lisel Mueller, “Late Hours"  

  • Lesson 3: Hopi Traditional Dance and Song

    Created November 18, 2015
    Language of place: Hopi planting corn

    An exploration of the symbolism and imagery of corn and environment as manifested in Hopi song and traditional dances. Students analyze examples of historical and contemporary Hopi song and examine images of Hopi dance in order to expand cultural awareness.

  • Lesson 2. Hopi Poetry

    Created November 18, 2015
    Language of place: Hopi planting corn

    A close study of the poetry of contemporary Hopi artist and poet, Ramson Lomatewama. Students analyze Lomatewama’s masterful use of figurative language that creates a sense of place and describes his intimate relationship with the land and his experience of corn.