Tagged Fiction

Language and War: A Unit Plan for English Class

by Tim Myers Editors note: This article was originally published in Teachers & Writers Magazine 1997. Can adolescents learn anything profound about the intricate and powerful relationship between language and war? In a century haunted by phrases such as “acceptable losses” and “mutually assured destruction,” can we as teachers help guide our students to some…

Shaping Longer Works of Fiction

by Meredith Sue Willis Most of us are not prepared even as adults for a big task like a master’s thesis or the novel we always wanted to write. We may be very good at writing, but the long haul has special requirements. We may start with a period of enthusiasm and inspiration that carries…

Civil War Allegory

T&W writer Sarah Porter collaborated with teachers and seventh-graders of Hudson Cliffs School through several writing projects designed to elicit creative and critical responses to the history of the Civil War. In order to overcome the conceptual distance that makes viewpoints held in the past seem nearly unfathomable, students read two primary sources from the period: “The Dying Confederate’s Last…

Fantasy with Fifth-Graders

  In this lesson plan, former New York University Writers in the Schools Fellow Sarah LaBrie introduces fifth-graders to the world of writing fantasy. Her method includes group reading, writing, and brainstorming as ways to kick-start ideas before moving into vibrant, detailed writing that can combine our world with the fantastic.   Grade(s) Taught: 5th  Genre(s)…

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

LESSON PLAN By Jeffrey Pflaum  Photo (above) by Roman Oleinik Grade(s) taught: 2nd–5th Genre(s) taught: Short fiction, narrative Download: A Penny For Your Thoughts  Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the English Language Arts Standards > Writing > Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5) CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2–5.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences…

A Square’s Monologue

A Square’s Monologue by Jack (5th grade) Why am I so average? Is it because I eat three square meals a day? Or is it because I think inside the box? It’s boring to be so perfect with the size of my sides and corners. I have emotions, as you can see, and there is…

A Nameless Soul

How can we understand the consciousness, values, and passions of people separated from us by over a century? The passage of time can be a powerful force for alienation, and the motives of the people who shaped our nation’s history can be nearly incomprehensible to a modern sensibility. This mental and emotional distance is especially…

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