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Language Arts Resources

How do fables and myths explain the unknown and preserve cultures? What makes a good story? How do plays comment on societal issues? Grab a pencil and prepare to create original poems, experience the Civil War through letters, and parse symbolism and metaphor in this exploration of language arts.

Grades K-2 Lesson
Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Examine the consequences of conscience vs. perceptions of what is "right" as articulated in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Grades 9-12 Lesson
A comparative analysis between Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will understand characterization in literature and be able to connect historical and contemporary culture
Grades 9-12 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore various methods authors use to create effective characters
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale
Grade 5 Lesson
Using letters written during the Civil War students develop an understanding of the message of the letters
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine character as a significant element of fiction, learning methods of characterization, identify and critique
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson focuses on describing the general literary elements in fables
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will identify elements of myth and examine how myths help to explain nature and science
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Explore "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students are introduced to the genre of folktales and engage in a study of several Russian folktales
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students study setting, plot, and character development in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Long Day's Journey into Night, explore the heartbreak within fractured families
Grade 5 Lesson
Gain insight into Greek culture, and create and paint your own mythological characters
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the legend of King Arthur as depicted in stories, poems, and artwork
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues
Grade 5 Lesson
Students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create their own journals
Grades K-2 Lesson
Explore how illustrations contribute to the telling of a story using character maps
Grades K-2 Lesson
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on The Glass Menagerie
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society
Grade 5 Lesson
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games, then interpret a fairy tale
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Through the study of different versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills
Grades 9-12 Lesson
By investigating Shakespeare through both an analytical and theatrical lens, students achieve a much deeper understanding of his work
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction, distinguishing plot from narrative to understand plot’s function within a story
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will read narratives from former slaves
Grade 5 Lesson
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Explore a “singable” picture book and examine a poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction
Grade 5 Lesson
Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Read and analyze The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with attention to character and style
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students examine the influence of the Mississippi River on Mark Twain’s writing
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape presents a disheartening assessment of living in an industrialized society
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In this lesson students discover how they have been using Shakespeare's words in their everyday language
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students learn the characteristics of folktales, evaluating existing tales and creating their own original ones
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In this lesson, students will use the steps of the writing process to write and perform original fables as skits
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science by reading the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes"
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku
Article
Learn how to incorporate dance into your English classroom
Article
Four tips on how the arts support revision in the writing curriculum
Tipsheet
Make reading part of your physical education class and exercise students' bodies and brains!
Article
Love: the wit, wisdom, and poetry it inspires
Article
A short history of love songs with lists of songs from various genres
Article
Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder
Article
Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!
Article
Find out why William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is such an enduring love story
Audio Series
How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word?
Audio Series
Follow playwrights, designers and directors at The Kennedy Center as they transform works of literature into theatrical productions
Video Series
Malta’s St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity presents the interactive musical tale, The Story of Babar the Elephant.
Video Series
Delve into how Mo Willems’s beloved Elephant & Piggie books became a funny, playful stage musical
Video Series
This video series explores a dramatic interpretation of the Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts
Video Series
A Kennedy Center production about family, best friends, baby steps, and memories that last a lifetime
Video
While the family of field mice works hard to gather food for the long, cold winter, Frederick seems to be doing nothing!
Video
How does a little inchworm survive in a garden full of hungry birds?
Video
A tiny, fast-moving, black fish-that's Swimmy! He lives in the ocean with all his little red brothers and sisters
This Day in the Arts
January 11, 1978: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle Award®
This Day in the Arts
January 19, 1809: Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
February 01, 1902: Langston Hughes is born in Joplin, Missouri
This Day in the Arts
February 08, 1828: Jules Verne is born in Nantes, France
This Day in the Arts
February 29, 1940: Gone with the Wind sets award record
This Day in the Arts
March 02, 1904: Dr. Seuss is born in Springfield, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
March 11, 1818: Frankenstein is published
This Day in the Arts
March 15, 1972: The Godfather premieres in movie theaters
This Day in the Arts
March 20, 1852: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published
This Day in the Arts
April 02, 1805: Hans Christian Andersen is born in Odense, Denmark
This Day in the Arts
April 05, 1974: Stephen King’s first novel is published
This Day in the Arts
April 10, 1925: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is published
This Day in the Arts
April 17, 1897: Thornton Wilder is born in Madison, Wisconsin
This Day in the Arts
May 18, 1897: Bram Stoker's Dracula is published
This Day in the Arts
May 19, 1930: Lorraine Hansberry is born in Chicago, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
May 22, 1859: Arthur Conan Doyle is born in Edinburgh, Scotland
This Day in the Arts
May 29, 1903: Bob Hope is born in Eltham, England
This Day in the Arts
June 12, 1942: Anne Frank begins keeping a diary
This Day in the Arts
June 13, 1994: Lois Lowry accepts the Newbery Medal for The Giver
This Day in the Arts
June 21, 1956: Arthur Miller refuses to name Communists
This Day in the Arts
June 25, 1903: George Orwell is born in Motihari, India
This Day in the Arts
July 11, 1960: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is published
This Day in the Arts
July 16, 1951: J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is published
This Day in the Arts
July 21, 1899: Ernest Hemingway is born in Oak Park, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
July 24, 1802: Alexandre Dumas is born in Villers-Cotterets, France
This Day in the Arts
July 25, 1897: Jack London sails for the Klondike
This Day in the Arts
July 26, 1856: George Bernard Shaw is born in Dublin, Ireland
This Day in the Arts
July 30, 1935: Penguin Books is founded
This Day in the Arts
July 31, 1935: J.K. Rowling is born in Yate, England
This Day in the Arts
August 30, 1904: Henry James returns to the U.S. after two decades abroad
This Day in the Arts
September 13, 1913: Roald Dahl is born in Llandaff, Wales
This Day in the Arts
September 30, 1902: Binney & Smith is incorporated
This Day in the Arts
October 14, 1926: Winnie-the-Pooh is published
This Day in the Arts
October 17, 1915: Arthur Miller is born in New York City
This Day in the Arts
October 25, 1962: John Steinbeck wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
This Day in the Arts
November 08, 1894: Robert Frost publishes his first poem
This Day in the Arts
November 26, 1864: Reverend Charles L. Dodgson gives Alice Liddell a manuscript entitled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
This Day in the Arts
December 09, 1608: John Milton is born in London, England
This Day in the Arts
December 11, 1916: Pérez Prado is born in Mantanzas, Cuba
This Day in the Arts
December 12, 1628: Charles Perrault is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
December 19, 1843: A Christmas Carol is published
This Day in the Arts
December 29, 1916: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published
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