• Portraits: I've Just Seen a Face

    Created September 27, 2010
    Portraits: Boy with Saturday Evening Post

    Students learn to analyze a variety of portraits, both literary and visual.

  • The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

    Created September 27, 2010
    The Statue of Liberty

    Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.

  • Not Only Paul Revere: Other Riders of the American Revolution

    Created September 24, 2010
    Paul Revere's Ride

    While Paul Revere's ride is the most famous event of its kind in American history, other Americans made similar rides during the Revolutionary period.  After learning about some less well known but no less colorful rides that occurred in other locations, students gather evidence to support an argument about why at least one of these "other riders" does or does not deserve to be better known.

  • Practical Criticism

    Created September 24, 2010
    Practical Criticism

    Conduct an experiment in literary interpretation with little-known specimens of Victorian verse.

  • Play with Words: Rhyme & Verse

    Created September 24, 2010
    Play with Words: Mother Goose

    Poetry provides us with a rich vehicle for helping children explore how language sounds and works. Students will use their senses to experience poetry.

  • Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Created September 24, 2010
    Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

    Behind many of the apparently simple stories of Robert Frost's poems are unexpected questions and mysteries. In this lesson, students analyze what speakers include or omit from their narrative accounts, make inferences about speakers' motivations, and find evidence for their inferences in the words of the poem.

  • 'You Kiss by the Book': Sonnet Unscrambler

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
    Kiss by the Book: Romeo and Juliet

    Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

  • Can You Haiku?

    Created September 17, 2010
    Can You Haiku?

    Students learn the rules and conventions of haiku, study examples by Japanese masters, and create haiku of their own.