ELA

Know Ohio | Poetry Inspired By Ohio

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Many famous American poets found inspiration in the culture and landscape of Ohio. Examine the connections in poetry written by Carl Sandburg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and James Wright.

City of Gold: The Story of South Pass City | Mining Techniques and Hazards

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Learn about the techniques gold miners used to collect gold ore from the area around South Pass City, as well as the hazards they faced during the mining process. 

In the accompany lesson plan (found in the Support Materials), students will watch a video that explains the mining process and hazards, and then create caution signs to show their understanding of the challenges the miners faced. Finally, the students will take part in a collaborative STEM challenge to build a working hoist using a limited amount of supplies. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Students will develop grade level appropriate speaking and listening skills, as described by the standards. 
  • Students will understand how technology impacted the mining process of early gold miners, as well as the hazards the miners faced. 
  • Students will define a design problem and use limited resources to solve it. 

Literary Elements and Techniques | Characterization

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Explore characterization and how authors reveal qualities of characters in this short animated video from WNET.

Literary Elements and Techniques | Theme

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Learn how to identify theme in a literary work in this short animated video from WNET.

Literary Elements and Techniques | Setting

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Explore how authors use setting to establish the time, place, and social conditions in which a story takes place in this short animated video from WNET.

Rumpelstiltskin | Fairy Tales Old and New

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This video is designed for parents and learners to sit down and watch together. As you watch this updated snippet of the story of Rumpelstiltskin, take note of the characters, setting, and what happens in the story.

After the video, check out the additional activities below for the classroom and for the home, and watch the “Guided Viewing” version for parents to get additional tips for helping your child understand the English Language Arts concepts in the video.

Designed to meet Grade 4 English Language Arts Standards: Reading Literature: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Literary Elements and Techniques | Conflict

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Learn how to identify different types of conflict in literature in this animated video from WNET.

Anne of Green Gables | The Great American Read

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Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale, shares her love of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. This classic series of books, first published in 1908, follows young redheaded Anne from when she is first adopted to her eventual marriage to neighbor boy Gilbert and into her adult years. It encompasses many forms of love, from familial to romantic to enduring love. Atwood explains that author Montgomery did not have a happy childhood, and so she wrote the story she wished for herself.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Watch a video and answer contextual questions
  • Build listening comprehension skills

Forgotten Neighbors: Idaho's Chinese Immigrants | Idaho Experience

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Chinese immigrants came to Idaho in the tens of thousands. They helped build its infrastructure. Then almost all of them returned home, leaving little more than traces. Join Idaho Experience as we piece together those fragments to tell the story of these anonymous Chinese immigrant workers.  

Please refer to the accompanying Facilitator Guide (found in the Support Materials section) for the Idaho Content Standards associated with this resource.

Titans of Idaho Industry: Harry Magnuson | Idaho Experience

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The town of Wallace has seen it all—and survived. But its biggest threat came in the 1970s. We’ll look at how Harry Magnuson fought to save Wallace. It’s a powerful tale of surprising heroes and deep love of one’s hometown.

Please refer to the accompanying Facilitator Guide (found in the Support Materials section) for the Idaho Content Standards associated with this resource.

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