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Often times, ESL learners need ways to have extra support to learn English. Fortunately for international students, there are endless amounts of resources on free ESL websites to help them improve their language learning skills while they are studying in the US. However, this can sometimes be overwhelming for them as there are so many options out there. It is difficult to know which sites will be the best for helping students to work on their English progress independently. So, I have made a list of a few ESL websites I have found useful and enjoyed using in my lessons and recommending...
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Dystopian worlds are usually a favorite with high school students. Typical characteristics include a dark oppressive world, lack of freedom, and oppressed human rights, which are usually appealing to teenage readers. Your students may have already read dystopian classics like 1984 by George Orwell, or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. They may have also read dystopian young adult fiction like The Hunger Games or Divergent. The chances are that they will probably enjoy reading and studying Margaret Atwood's classic, The Handmaid's Tale! 1. Pre- Reading: Learning about the Background...
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Although it's possible Robert Frost literally took a road less traveled as he hiked one morning, a literal interpretation falls short of the poem's theme. In fact, those who only interpret poetry literally are missing out on life's beautiful--and not so beautiful--truths. That's why you need to look at this teaching poetry with the metaphors lesson plan. Teaching Poetry with Metaphors Stages of Learning. You're gonna have a lot of difficulties teaching metaphors in poetry if your students don't know what a metaphor is. We all know that a metaphor is a direct comparison between two...
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When teaching personification in poetry--or anything involving poetry--students question its usefulness outside of a classroom. If all you do is define personification and identify examples, then it has no use outside of a classroom. If, however, you take personification examples in poetry and analyze how the personification contributes to a poem's meaning, then the study of personification and poetry helps develop critical thinking skills. It also emphasizes the notion that written communication goes beyond words and their literal meanings. Teaching Personification in Poetry Levels of...
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I remember the first time I taught poetry. It involved me reading a poem, asking students what they thought of it, and 49 minutes of silence. This is before I ever heard of National Poetry Month. Since then, I've discovered great lessons and activities for teaching poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month (April), I will share classroom National Poetry Month Activities and Lesson Plans. These lessons are so good, you can actually do them any time of the year. These National Poetry Month activities come from the original list I made when I really started to get excited about teaching...
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It doesn't take a literary scholar to recognize that poetry is different from prose. It does take a literary scholar, though, to recognize why poetry is different, and analyze the effects those differences make. This Sound Devices in Poetry Lesson Plan helps students recognize how sound devices--found more often in poetry than prose--contribute to the theme of a poem. Lesson Preparation You can't teach students to analyze sound devices in poetry if they don't know the following definitions. Sound Devices. Resources used by poets to reinforce the meaning and experience of a...
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