October 2020: Featured Lessons – Grades 9-12 ELA/Social Studies

Check out October’s featured resources – seasonal lessons, subject area content, and some of our staff favorites too! 

Seasonal

U.S. Presidents of the Early 1800’s

Grade(s): 9

Subject(s): ELA, Social Studies

In this Rank & Reason, students consider U.S. presidents in the 1800s. They rank these according to who had the greatest impact.

This question is designed to have no right answer. Students must think critically and provide justification for their rankings. Interactive features allow students to compare their rankings with others and to the class average.

ELA Lessons

Annotating Poetry – Phenomenal Woman

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject(s): ELA, Social Studies

Poetry can seem complicated because the form and language used are so different from the way we normally communicate. Yet, when the code of poetry is unlocked, we find that the poet has a message for the reader and this message is open to interpretation.

Unlocking a poem’s code through annotation of key words, identification of form, and making margin notes can bring a poem to life and make clearer the author’s intent and message to the reader.

This lesson will instruct students on how to annotate a poem using Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou so that they can come to a valid and supported conclusion as to what the poem means. In this lesson, students will learn to note key words, identify form, and make marginal notes (annotations) to assist in understanding the poem.

Fast Casual Calories

Grade(s): 9, 10

Subject(s): ELA

In Fast Casual Calories, students use their favorite fast food restaurant to practice informative reading and writing in a real world context. As personal trainers, they have to report on how to eat healthily at their chosen restaurant. They read other informative texts and analyze information about the menu in the restaurant. They then record a short podcast on the topic, before writing their final newsletter to their clients. The task ends with the opportunity to develop informative writing in several ways.

This performance task has editions for 3 restaurants, including Chipotle, Domino’s, and Subway.

Social Studies Lessons

Frida Kahlo in Multimedia

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject(s): ELA, Social Studies

Frida Kahlo in Multimedia is a week-long exploration of the life of the famous Mexican artist through various mediums. Students will view both autobiographical and biographical works that reflect Frida Kahlo and compare these expressions.

This lesson addresses ELA standards in a colorful, creative way that will draw students into Kahlo’s life as well as inspire interest in and reflections on artistic expression.

Students have the opportunity to look at the same subject – the life of Frida Kahlo – over self-portraiture, photographic portraiture, journal entries, scholarly articles, documentary, and film. To demonstrate mastery, students will compose a written assignment that addresses how media represents people. Students use analytical thinking and communication skills to evaluate the mediums portraying the same subject, study the intent and effect, and draw a conclusion of the effective use of a medium. At the same time, students will be exposed to influential Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

Nations and Core Values

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject(s): Social Studies

In this Rank & Reason, students consider different core values. They rank these according to what is most important for a successful nation.

This question is designed to have no right answer. Students must think critically and provide justification for their rankings. Interactive features allow students to compare their rankings with others and to the class average.

Staff Favorite

Who I’ll Be

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject(s): ELA

In this activity, students will think about their future and map their five year goals. They will then create a graphic poster to represent their goals and their steps to achieving them. This is a particularly good activity to do with high school students as they discuss their future plans and goals. Students can revisit their goals and adjust them throughout the school year as they see fit.