CCSS ELA Standard: 8.W.3.b

  • Building Creative Analogies

    Students will take two seemingly unrelated pieces of content (say volcanoes and the human body) and then build analogies to connect the two ideas. In the end, they'll create a skit, comic, or story relating the two concepts.

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  • Identifying Author’s Voice

    Students will analyze selections from classic works of fiction to identify an author's voice, then write in the voice of one of those authors.

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  • Showing A Character’s Trait

    We tell students to "show not tell" in their writing, but this advice isn't effective until they experience the difference. In this video, we'll write two examples of a scene: one showing a character's trait, and one just telling.

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  • Literary Technique: Juxtaposition

    Juxtaposition is a powerful literary tool to use for analysis as well as creation. Students will learn to see juxtaposition in existing stories, and develop juxtaposed characters in their own writing.

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