Text-Based Lessons

Ray Bradbury

Students will study Ray Bradbury and his 4 short stories in the book to get a good understanding of the author’s choice, theme, tone, diction, mood, style, text structure, and imagery.

The goal is to be able to “hear” the author and understand that authors have their own purpose for writing.

To find our purpose for reading, we have to understand what is written and somewhat pretend like we can have a conversation with the author.

The final project of this unit will be to create a series of social media posts (quotes and explanation) from the point of view of Ray Bradbury which explains a little bit about who he is, what he believes, his style, and a few of his most impactful beliefs or quotes that we gather from his writings.

We will practice annotating texts, using reading strategies, learning academic language, and how to pick out the important quotes from the text and be able to respond to those quotes verbally and on paper.

Jekyll and Hyde

It’s important to give students time to “discover” how to read and analyze stories.

The students have been learning about the choices the author makes to create the story to cause their audience to think certain things about the topic, the characters and the themes of the story.

As we have been reading Jekyll and Hyde, I have searched everywhere for discussion questions to use to analyze tone, imagery, diction, structure and the other literary devices but I couldn’t find anything, so I made my own.

I have included literary devices, scenario discussions, content questions, and more.

Aesop's Fables

Discussion templates are some of the best ways to get quiet or unsure ESL students to get talking.

This lesson uses the Aesop Fables as the reading text but the discussion cards could be used with any text of interest to the students.

This can be used and repeated weekly to practice and get deeper with discussions and grow in students’ academic discussion.

Each lesson that I create is designed with the next step in mind: repetition, academic growth, and how they will apply their skills within their English language abilities.

The amazing thing about templates and discussion cards is that the students can use them within any language level and they grow with practice.

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