English Language Arts Lesson Plans and Resources







This page contains links to lesson plans and resources for teaching reading, spelling, writing, journalism, communication, debate, and drama. Resources and lesson plans for poetry and reading as well as children's and adolescent literature have been relocated to separate sites, but are still accessible from the site index. Click on one of the topics in the index below. All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated on 11-7-2015!!

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Large Collections of Language Arts Lesson Plans
Read, Write, Think
Many high-quality lesson plans as well as standards, web-based resources, and student materials.

EDSITEment: Literature and Language Arts
High-quality lesson plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Discovery Education
Scroll down the page to find English lesson plans organized by grade level.

Lesson Plan Library - Language Arts
From MCREL.

Scholastic
Many free lesson plans.

Smithsonian Education - Language Arts
Another site with many high-quality lesson plans.


The Lesson Plans Page - Language Arts Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans organized by grade level.

Arts Edge
Search for language arts lesson plans from the Kennedy Center.

Web English Teacher
Links to many lesson plans and resources.


Education World Language Arts
Many high quality lesson plans unique to Education World.

Kevin's Language Arts Lessons
Over 30 lesson plans, mostly for middle and high school.

Lesson Plans: Language Arts (11th-12th Grade)
More than 100 lesson plans and other resources from PBS (POV25).

Outta' Ray's Head: Literature and Writing lesson Plans
Excellent source for secondary lesson plans.

Language Arts - Reading, Writing, Grammar

Many lesson plans and links from Mr. Donn.

Mrs. G's English Lessons and Links
Good source for secondary English lesson plans.

Language Arts Resources
National Council for Teachers of English
This link goes to their home page. See also the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts.

Pearson Language Arts
Resources for both students and teachers.

Web English Teacher
Book reviews, drama resources, etc., plus a large "Just for Fun" section.

The English Teacher
Resources for classroom management, teaching strategies, creative writing, media, etc.

Oxford Dictionaries
See also Longman  Dictionary.

Thesaurus.com
See also Roget's Thesaurus.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
See also Grammar  - Purdue Online Writing Lab.

The Punctuation Guide
See also Purdue Online Writing Lab Punctuation.   

MLA Formatting and Style Guide
From Purdue University. See also APA Formatting and Style Guide.

Spelling Lesson Plans
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Information for teachers.


Spice Up Your Spelling Lessons
Lesson ideas from Education World. See also Spell, Shoot, Score.

Spelling Lesson Plans and Resources    
Many lesson plans and activities from Lesson Plan Central.

Spelling Sample Lessons
Download lesson samples from All About Learning Press.

Spelling Lesson Ideas, Games, and Activities
From Super Teacher Ideas.

Pipe Cleaner Spelling
A K-1 lesson plan.

Dr. Seussís Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling
A K-2 lesson plan.


Spelling Cheerleading: Integrating Movement and Spelling Generalizations
A K-5 lesson plan.

Sparkle
A spelling game for grades 2-5.

Promote Spelling with Partner Quizzes
Activities for grades 2-6 from Scholastic.  

Third Grade Lesson Plans for Spelling
Two lesson plans from Spelling Words Well.

Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program
For grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Spelling in Parts: Learning to Spell, Write, and Read Polysyllabic Words
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from  Read-Write-Think. For more lesson plans from this source, see
, The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern, and Spelling Patterns "Go Fish" Card Game.

Spelling Lesson Plans for Grades 3-6
A week of lessons.


Spelling Battleship
An activity for grades 3-12.

Vocabulary Lesson Plans
Teaching Vocabulary: Lesson Plans and Activities From Scholastic Professional Books
For grades 3-8.

Vocabulary Lesson Plans
"A bank of theme-based lesson plans and ideas."

MyVocabulary.com
A bunch of free lessons.

Vocabulary in Context
A long list of lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from ReadWoks.org.

Titanic Vocabulary Lesson Plan
A lesson plan on vocabulary related to the Titanic. See tthe vocabulary worksheet to be used with this lesson.

Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs
A K-2 lesson plan. See also "America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary and Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip for another K-2 lesson plans.


Mystery Vocabulary Lesson Plan
For grades 4 and above.

Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think. See also
Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups, ABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas, 3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films, and Building Vocabulary: Making Multigenre Glossaries Based on Student Inquiry for some of the other vocabulary lesson plans from Read-Write-Think.

Middle School Vocabulary
About 15 lessons and unites from
Better Lesson.

Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
A 7th-grade lesson plan via video from the Teaching Channel.

Mystery Vocabulary Letters
A high school lesson plan.

High School Vocabulary
About 15 lesson plans from Better Lesson.

Free Generic Vocabulary Lesson Plan and Vocabulary Worksheet
A downloadable lesson.


Synonyms/Antonyms/Homonyms Lesson Plans
Euphemisms
A junior high school lesson plan in which students learn to choose appropriate synonyms for writing and speaking.

Matching with Synonyms and Antonyms
A 4th-grade lesson plan.

In Other Words: Using a Thesaurus
A lesson plan from Education World that is adaptable for use in grades 3-8.

It's Opposite Day
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from Visual Thesaurus.

Quick and Fun Synonym Activities
Thesaurus lesson plan ideas for elementary students.

What’s Another Word For...? What’s the Opposite Of...?
Teaching ideas from Scholastic.

Learning Antonyms, Synonyms and More
ESL help from Bright Hub Education.

A Horse is a Hoarse, Of Course, Of Coarse
An intermediate-grade lesson plan using cooperative learning to teach about homonyms. See also
Homonym Worksheet, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms, and Homographs (another worksheet), The Write Way (an online quiz), A Feast of Homonyms (an online game), and Lesson One - Homonyms (a list of the most commonly used homonyms).  For a comprehensive homonym list, see An English Homophone Dictionary.

Homonym Baseball
A 6th-grade lesson plan.

Self-Study Homonym Quizzes
More than 50m quizzes!

Mythology Lesson Plans
Mythweb
A site devoted to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek Mythology. Click on Teachers for lesson ideas.

Mythology Theme Page
Lesson plans and links from CLN.org.

Mythology @ Web English Teacher
More links to lesson plans. See also Classical Mythology.

Ancient Greece for Kids and Teachers    
From Mr. Donn's site. Scroll down the page to find the mythology lesson.

Ancient Egypt: Stories and Myths
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Xpeditions.

Classics Technology Center Curriculum Guides

Six guides for the study of ancient Greek mythology, history, and literature. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the guides.

Greek Mythology and Ancient Greece
Lesson plans and activities for a thematic elementary unit.

The Role of Myths
A 4th-grade lesson plan from Adprima.    

Learning Myths, Writing Myths
A unit for grades 6-8 from Scholastic.

Impact of Greek Mythology on Modern Times
A lesson plan for grades 7-9.

It Came from Greek Mythology
A high-quality elementary lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Aztec Mythology

A unit for 4th or 5th-grade gifted and talented students.

Mythological Soaps
An introductory mythology unit designed for ESL students in grades 6-12. It could easily be adapted for other student groups.

In Search of Myths and Heroes
A Teacher's Guide with four lesson plans for grades 7-12 from
PBS.

The Odyssey
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education. See also The Odysssey by Homer for many lesson plans fro\m the NY Times.

Weaving the Old into the New: Pairing The Odyssey with Contemporary Works
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Read-Write-Think.

Homer's Odyssey
An study guide. See also Odyssey Teacher's Guide.

The Iliad: A Practical Approach
Ideas for a curriculum unit.

Troy: Activities for Homer's Iliad
An assignment with 16 activity choices.

Even Gods Have Bad Hair Days...
A middle-grade lesson plan. See also The Iliad for a 6th-grade unit plan.

Tales of the Changing Seasons
A lesson plan in which students create original myths explaining why the seasons change.


Roman & Greek Mythology Lesson
A lesson plan from The Collaborative Numismatics Project.
   
The Greek Creation Myth
A lesson plan for grades 6 and 7.

Perseus Digital Library
A digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond.

Greek Mythology Link
An excellent resource featuring biographies, places and people, images, and indices of mythical characters and names, as well as a new collection of the Greek myths written on line.

Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend



Teaching Writing

A lot of FREE English writing guides and samples are available on academichelp.net.

Ideas for Teaching Writing
Geared toward the middle school level, this site offers lesson ideas for all aspects of the writing process as well as information on the Six Trait Analytic Writing Model.

Writing Lessons from Outta Ray's Head
Another set of wiring lesson plans.

Writing Skills Lesson Plans   
Ten lesson plans from One Stop English.

Creative Writing
Lesson plans and printables from Scholastic.

Creative Writing
A lesson plans from the NY Times. See also 10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing Skills with the NY Times, 10 Ways to Promote Writing for an Authentic Audience, and 10 Personal Writing Ideas.

The Elements of a Short Story Lesson Plan
See also  Write a Short Story in One Class!

Introducing Biographies: Getting to Know You
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Scholastic. See also
The Biography Maker for an excellent resource for helping students write biographies.

Narrative Writing: An Imaginative Story Unit Introduction
A 4th-grade lesson from the Portland Public Schools. See also A Circular Journey to Imaginative Narrative Writing.

How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think. See also Persuasive Writing, Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games, and Get Cooking With Words! Creating a Recipe Using Procedural Writing for three other elementary lesson plans from this source.  

Empowered Fiction Writers: Generating and Organizing Ideas for Story Writing
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think. See Cut up, Cover up, and Come Away with Ideas for Writing! and Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing for two other middle school lesson plans from this source.

Writing Technical Instructions
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think. See Beyond “What I Did on Vacation”: Exploring the Genre of Travel Writing and Persuading an Audience: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor for two other high school lesson plans from this source.

Writing to Explain: Creating How-to Scripts and Demonstrations
A lesson plan from the NY Times.

Friendly Letters
A 7th or 8th-grade lesson plan requiring students to compose, type, edit, and print a friendly letter with a proper heading, salutation, body, closing, and signature.

How to Write a Paragraph
Several activities for use over five weeks.

Paragraph Unity
A lesson plan for grades 7-9.

Persuasive Argument
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 in which students discuss and then write about an idea for persuasion.

Essay Writing
Lesson plans as well as printables from Scholastic.

Essay Exchange Unit
A unit for grades 10-12 in which students write position papers, then transmit them via e-mail to other schools and educators who, in turn, will provide criticisms, comments, and additional sources of information for further research.

The Personal Touch: A Lesson in Expository Writing
A lesson plan for middle and high school

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
On-line tutorial for essay writing.

Lear, Limericks, and Literature: Creative Writing Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for grades 5 and up designed to help "introduce reading and creative writing activities in a fun way."

Mystery Writing Lesson Plans
A lesson plan for grade 4 and above from Mysterynet.com.

Young Writer's Anthology
Poems, stories, and reviews written by kids and teens.


Rubrics for Writing
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Assessment and Rubrics
Information and examples of various types of rubrics, including ones for student web projects, cooperative learning activities, labs, group participation, multimedia presentations, oral presentations, portfolio exhibits, and research papers.

Teach 21 Writing Rubrics
Rubrics for grades 3-11 in MS Word format from the West Virginia Department of Education.


Paragraph Writing Rubric


Five Paragraph Essay Writing Rubric

Writing to Inform
From Scholastic

Expository Essay Rubric

Also from Scholastic.

Persuasive Letter Rubric

Six Trait Analytical Writing Rubric
A well-designed rubric using the 6-trait model. 

Common Core Standards Writing Rubrics
For grades 9-10.

Comparison Rubric
A rubric for comparison papers.

Creative Writing Rubric
See also Rubric for Creative Writing Assignment: Against the Odds and Creative Writing Example Rubric.

Technical Writing Rubrics
See also Technical Writing and Technical Report Evaluation Rubric.

Grammar/Parts of Speech/Punctuation
Five Grammar Activities
From Education World.

Grammar Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Organized for topic for ESL.

Grammar Lesson Plans
From Teachnology.


Colorful Parts of Speech
A lesson plan requiring students to identify word function in sentences.

Parts of Speech Song
Download the song!

Describing Words: A lesson Plan on Adjectives
Six hours of lessons for elementary grades.

Adjective/Adverb "Taboo"
A high school lesson plan using a version of the popular game "Taboo."

Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think. See also
What’s My Subject? A Subject-Verb Agreement Mini-lesson and Manipulating Sentences to Reinforce Grammar Skills for other secondary activities from this source.  

The English Tutor
On-line writing help plus quizzes for grammar, idioms, verbs, etc.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Perhaps the best grammar and writing resource on the Web, this interactive site covers virtually every aspect of writing conventions and composition.

Crash and Contract
A 2nd-grade lesson plan on contractions.

Using Poetry to Teach the Subordinate Clause
An interesting 9th-grade lesson plan.

Sentence Rummy
A lesson plan that makes a game out of writing complete sentences.

Using Commas and Semi-Colons Correctly
A high school lesson plan based on an activity I use with my college students.

Every Punctuation Mark Matters
A mini-lesson on semi-colons using MLK Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" from Read-Write-Think. See also
The Passion of Punctuation for another lesson from this same source.

Pasta Punctuation
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

Perfect Punctuation
An elementary lesson plan from Crayola.  

Punctuation Party
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

Inside or Outside
A mini-lesson on quotation marks.

Making a Sussessful Punctuation Lesson
An article from the National Writing Project.

Journalism/Media/Communication Lesson Plans
School Journalism
A large number of lesson plans.

The Write Site
Journalism information and activities.

Media Smarts
Many lesson plans and activities for media topics.

Sports Journalism Lesson Plan
 A high school lesson plan.

Magazine Ads and You, the Teenager
A mass media unit for grades 6-8.

Student Newspaper Project
Ten lesson plans for grades 4-6. See also Newspapers for Classrooms. Scroll down the page to find ideas for creating classroom newspapers and using newspapers in the classroom.

School Newspaper Unit
A unit  for intermediate to high school grades in which students research and write articles that will be published in an electronic newspaper.

Bias in News Sources
A high school lesson plan.

Facing TV Violence
A lesson plan for grades 1-4. See also facing TV Violence -  Rewriting the Script.

How to Analyze the News
A lesson plan for grades 5-12.

Speech Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans: Speech
Ten lesson plans from the First Amendment Center.

Freedom of Speech and Automatic Language: Examining the Pledge of Allegiance
A high school lesson plan.

Delivering a Persuasive Speech
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. See also Giving a Persuasive Speech.

Speech Unit
Several lesson ideas for grades 9-12.

Analyze Famous Speeches as Arguments
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.

Presidential Speeches
A lesson plan for grades 6-12.   

Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech
Another lesson plan for grades 6-12.

The King's Speech
A lesson plan using a video clip from the film.

Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speeches
A high school unit with two lesson plans from Scholastic.

Speech Rubric
See also Persuasive Speech Rubric and Rubric for Public Speaking.

Indispensable Listening Skills
A high school lesson plan.

Active/Reflective Listening Skills
A lesson plan from the Utah Education Network.

Improve Listening Comprehension with Music
A high school lesson plan.

Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Curriculum
Fourteen lesson plans from the National Forensic League.

Learning Classic Debate
A student's guide.

Debate Rubric

See also Debate Grading Rubric.

Two Debate Lessons: Who Should Have the Power
From the Noisy Classroom.

Debates in the Middle School Classroom
A plan for starting a debate from Learn NC.

The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the Library of Congress.

How Do We Debate?

A high school lesson plan.

Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.

Cool Jobs - A Debate Lesson Plan
A lesson plan appropriate for pre-intermediate and intermediate ESL/EFL students. It would be a suitable activity for using with career vocabulary or with comparative adjectives and nouns.

The Three Rival Brothers Debate Lesson Plan
An elementary lesson plan involving a debate based on the story, "The Three Rival Brothers" from the book African Myths by Carter Godwin Woodson.

Drama/Storytelling/Theater Lesson Plans
South Carolina Theatre Curriculum Guide
An unedited draft in pdf format.

Magical Morphing Theatre Lesson Plan Exchange
An excellent source for lesson plans, warm-ups, and links to other theater sites.

Drama Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grade levels from the KET Arts Toolkit.

Creative Drama Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Child Drama.

Scribbling Women
A project of The Public Media Foundation, this wonderful site dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast. It provides lesson plans and other classroom resources for teaching and learning about the radio plays written by these women authors. You have to register in order to access the lesson ideas.

Sociology Through Five Plays
A high school unit examining the sociological aspects of five plays: “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Blood Knot,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and “The Oxcart.”

Drama for Those Who Don't Like Drama
A high school unit including plays such as Death of Salesman and The Land Beyond the River.

The Glass Managerie
A Teacher's Study Guide from LA Theater Works. See their other Teacher's Guides.

Set Design
A high school unit.

Story Starters
A lesson plan adaptable to a variety of grade levels.

Story Arts Online
Excellent story-telling resource. Click on the site below to access a long list of lesson plans from Story Arts.

Storytelling Lesson Plans and Activities
Activities, story telling across the curriculum, folktales themes, and links to other story telling sites.

Storytelling Lesson Plan
This lesson plan for grades 4-5 is from American Folklore. See their folklore lesson plans and other teacher resources.

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