Ch 5: Language Arts Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter includes multiple ideas to help you create lesson plans for your language arts class. See ideas for discussion topics, group projects and class activities that can engage your students while helping them learn about verbs, nouns, spelling and more!

Language Arts Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers you a variety of suggestions you can incorporate into your language arts lesson plans to help your students learn about topics like the parts of speech. Effective lesson plans can improve your confidence teaching the material and creates structure that can help students learn. This chapter includes lesson plan ideas for topics like:

  • The eight parts of speech
  • Prefixes
  • Verbs, verb phrases and verb tenses
  • Prepositions
  • Contractions
  • Nouns
  • And other language arts topics

After reading the lesson plan suggestions, look over the corresponding lessons on those topics to help brush up on topics like identifying errors in verb tense or uses of prepositions. These topical lessons also include videos you can show to your students as part of your lesson plan.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Aids you in creating engaging language arts lesson plans that meet curriculum standards
  • Engages students: Provides ideas to engage students while learning, such as activities, games, group projects and class discussion questions
  • Vocabulary words: Identifies key language arts vocabulary words you can incorporate into your lesson plans

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning language arts lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific language arts topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your language arts class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related language arts lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important language arts concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant language arts-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

44 Lessons in Chapter 5: Language Arts Lesson Plans
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Concepts of Print Activities

1. Concepts of Print Activities

When young children understand the concepts of print, they are one step closer to literacy. This lesson offers you some fun and engaging activities for working with students on concepts of print.

Print Awareness Lesson Plan

2. Print Awareness Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help your students awareness of concepts related to print. Activities to help students print awareness using items you have on hand are included as well as ways to monitor growth.

Text Structure Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Text Structure Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students how to read and interpret text structures with the help of this lesson plan. A text lesson explores compare and contrast, sequencing, and cause and effect as students identify these constructs in text and practice application.

Text Structure Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

4. Text Structure Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

When authors write stories, the structure of their story depends on the reason the story is written. Learn about some of the different text structures authors use when they write stories, including compare and contrast, sequencing, and cause and effect.

Teaching Text Structures: Nonfiction, Expository & Description

5. Teaching Text Structures: Nonfiction, Expository & Description

In this lesson, you will learn some strategies for teaching students about the different types of nonfiction text structures that writers use to organize and present information to readers. These structures include descriptive and expository text.

What is a Dialectical Journal? - Definition & Example

6. What is a Dialectical Journal? - Definition & Example

Dialectical journals guide students through the often intimidating process of critical thinking. This lesson will explain what a dialectical journal is and how it can be useful in a variety of school settings.

Teaching Transition Words

7. Teaching Transition Words

Transitions are an important tool that every writer should keep in their back pocket. This lesson explores the purpose of using transitional words and phrases and examples of different types.

Graphic Organizers for Writing Personal Narratives

8. Graphic Organizers for Writing Personal Narratives

In this lesson, we will look at different graphic organizers students can use to organize their personal narratives. These organizers will each focus on different aspects of a personal narrative you may want to focus on with your students.

Using Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

9. Using Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

How do our students learn to organize their thoughts while reading? What is the best way to help students assess plot, characterization, literary devices, and theme? Learn about the use of graphic organizers for promoting reading comprehension.

Graphic Organizers for Compare & Contrast

10. Graphic Organizers for Compare & Contrast

A favorite tool of many educators, the graphic organizer offers many benefits to both teachers and learners alike. This lesson provides an understanding and useful examples of two popular graphic organizers: the Venn diagram and the T Chart.

Teaching with Graphic Novels

11. Teaching with Graphic Novels

As the saying goes, 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' so for many, the visual storytelling of graphic novels is invaluable. It can be a gateway for struggling readers, ESL students, disinterested readers, and other hard-to-reach populations.

Pictograph Lesson Plan

12. Pictograph Lesson Plan

Can your students read a pictograph? In this lesson plan, you will find two video lesson that engage students and explain the basics, an activity to solidify understanding, and a worksheet that measures mastery. Extensions and related lessons support future study.

Oxymoron Lesson Plan

13. Oxymoron Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses an activity, mini-activity, extension, quiz, and discussion questions that will help your student learn about, find, and create their own oxymoron.

Anecdote Lesson Plan

14. Anecdote Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses an extension, activity, mini-activity, and discussion questions to help your students learn about and construct their own anecdotes.

Teaching Word Families: Exercises & Activities

15. Teaching Word Families: Exercises & Activities

Working on word families can become monotonous for students. This lesson offers fun and exciting activities to ignite your students' interest in word families.

Paradox Activities & Games

16. Paradox Activities & Games

Explaining paradox to students is no easy task. This lesson aims to remove some of the difficulty by giving teachers paradox activities and games that can be used to teach this sometimes confusing topic to a variety of learners.

Mood Activities & Games

17. Mood Activities & Games

When students identify the emotions they feel as they read, they are identifying the mood. Use these activities and games to help students explore the concept of mood and the effects an author's word choice has on it.

Irony Activities & Games

18. Irony Activities & Games

Irony can be a tricky concept for students to understand and identify in text. Use these games and activities to help reinforce student application and comprehension of irony using cooperative learning modules.

Semantics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Semantics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students what semantics are, how to use them, and why they're important with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains these ideas and allows students to get busy and active in learning experiences.

Semantics Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

20. Semantics Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Any time we are discussing what language means, we're talking about semantics. Read this lesson to find out about about semantics and learn why semantics are important in your everyday life.

Alphabetical Order Games & Activities

21. Alphabetical Order Games & Activities

Learning while playing is a great way to solidify concepts in a child's mind. These activities include physically active and quiet games designed to support students who are learning (or practicing) alphabetizing skills.

Homonyms Activities & Games for Elementary School

22. Homonyms Activities & Games for Elementary School

English has some strange rules. Homonyms are some of the strangest; same word, said the same way but means different things. How confusing! These games and activities are designed to keep your students engaged while they work with homonyms.

Expository Text Lesson Plan

23. Expository Text Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a video lesson and discussion questions outlining the traits of expository text. An independent activity allows students to test their writing skills, and extension ideas can expand the lesson further.

Sensory Language Lesson Plan

24. Sensory Language Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the use of sensory language. Students will find sensory language in passages of literature, and will also generate their own sensory language through games and writing exercises.

Word Recognition Lesson Plan

25. Word Recognition Lesson Plan

Educate your students about word recognition with this helpful lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz on word recognition, and engage in a related hands-on activity.

Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plan

26. Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will introduce your students to phonemic awareness skills through listening and repetition exercises. Students will practice identifying phonemes and will begin to consider combining them to create simple words.

Integrating Quotes Lesson Plan

27. Integrating Quotes Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, teachers will explain how to use quotations and the reasons to credit sources. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, take a quiz and complete an activity.

Infographic Lesson Plan

28. Infographic Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, teachers will present the concept of an infographic to students through informative texts and class discussion. Students will apply the information by collaborating to create their own infographics.

Travel Brochure Lesson Plan

29. Travel Brochure Lesson Plan

Setting is a crucial element of story. With this lesson plan, your students will explore the setting in a story by creating an engaging travel brochure for that place.

Wanted Poster Lesson Plan

30. Wanted Poster Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will practice performing character analyses by creating wanted posters for main and supporting characters from a fictional story.

Decoding Multisyllabic Words Lesson Plan

31. Decoding Multisyllabic Words Lesson Plan

This lesson plan teaches decoding of multisyllabic words using spelling patterns and affixes. The plan includes whole group, small group, and individual work to promote concept mastery.

Book in a Bag Project Ideas

32. Book in a Bag Project Ideas

Have you tried book in a bag projects? These are versatile book report alternatives. The ideas in this article highlight character, plot, symbolism, and personal response; projects range in age from elementary to high school.

Story Mountain Lesson Plan

33. Story Mountain Lesson Plan

A story mountain (or story arc) is a visual representation of a story that helps students see its different components. In this lesson plan, students will practice creating story mountains for common stories.

Transition Words Activities

34. Transition Words Activities

Combining activity, collaboration and a bit of competition with learning and practicing new concepts is a great way to build confidence. This resource offers engaging activities that support your students' practice with transition words.

Text Structure Activities

35. Text Structure Activities

These activities encourage upper elementary and middle school students to analyze the structure of texts and consider the importance of this reading comprehension strategy.

Making Generalizations Activities

36. Making Generalizations Activities

Help your students make generalizations based on both their own knowledge and based on text by engaging them in these activities. These exercises are most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students.

Paragraph Organization Activities

37. Paragraph Organization Activities

Part of effective literacy includes understanding how to organize information. These activities will give students opportunities to practice organizing information within paragraphs, and organizing paragraphs within larger texts.

Functional Text Activities for Middle School

38. Functional Text Activities for Middle School

They may not realize it, but students engage with functional text quite regularly. Check out these activities to help students learn the ins and outs of functional text, how to decipher it, and even how to create their own.

Brainstorming Template for Students

39. Brainstorming Template for Students

Brainstorming is useful to students of all ages. This lesson contains two templates that can be used and adapted for students at different levels as well as samples of each template.

RACE Writing Strategy Activities

40. RACE Writing Strategy Activities

The RACE format prepares students to answer short and extended response prompts and asks students to restate, answer, cite, and explain. These team activities help students apply each part of the formula and will work best with 4th - 8th graders.

Personal Narrative Unit Plan

41. Personal Narrative Unit Plan

Personal narrative writing can incorporate a myriad of skills and techniques. In this unit, middle and high school students will exercise their writing muscles as they participate in activities, discussions, and projects.

Creative Writing Unit Plan for Middle School

42. Creative Writing Unit Plan for Middle School

Creative writing may not be as familiar to middle school students as literary analysis or essay writing. In this unit, students will engage in group writing, journaling, and writer's workshop to become confident and creative writers.

Descriptive Writing Activities for Middle School

43. Descriptive Writing Activities for Middle School

Helping your middle school students develop their descriptive writing skills can be a challenge. These activities will assist you in guiding students through the process of drafting and revising their writing to build more descriptive end products.

Descriptive Writing Activities for High School

44. Descriptive Writing Activities for High School

Descriptive writing is a great skill for high-school students to practice. Use these activities to help your students practice descriptive writing and think about how to use language.

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