English/Language Arts Lessons

This section is filled with Language Arts lessons from kindergarten through high school. The lessons span subtopics such as literature, reading comprehension, writing, and more. Many of the lessons are aligned to Common Core State Standards. With that said, these lessons can easily be integrated into an existing English Language Arts curriculum. The lessons you see here have been created by real teachers working in schools across the United States - teachers from our Teacher.org community. If you would like to share a lesson plan for inclusion on Teacher.org, contact us.

Kindergarten English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Beginning Sound Match

Length of Time: 30-45 minutes
This lesson will allow students to practice both writing names and identifying beginning sounds for common item names.

Fairy Tale

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
This lesson is great for students who have already been introduced to the concept of "real" and "make-believe" characters.  The lesson take students through the elements that make up a fairy tale.

How to Take Care of Our Oceans

Length of Time: About 45 minutes
This lesson is designed to teach students how and why it is important to take care of our ocean environments.

Learning About Adjectives

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to name adjectives by describing their favorite characters from the teacher’s story and their own favorite stories.

Rainbow Fish

Length of Time: About 45 minutes
This lesson is designed to teach students understand the importance of being a good friend through literature and art activities.

Rhyme Time

Length of Time: 20 - 45 Minutes
This lesson will introduce or reinforce word families and rhymes for young children and/or struggling readers.

Rhyming Words

Length of Time: 30-40 minutes
A very fun and engaging lesson for kindergarten students on rhyming words. Students will have the opportunity to work as a class, with partners, and individually. This lesson comes with modifications and ongoing suggestions for students who might need further assistance.

Story Sequencing

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
This lesson takes students through the process of sequencing a story using the words first, then, next, and last. The lesson provides opportunities for students to write, draw, listen, act, and speak. The lesson include individual work as well as group work.

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

What is a Verb?

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to define and give examples of verbs by telling about how they celebrate their birthdays.

1st Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Beginning Sound Match

Length of Time: 30-45 minutes
This lesson will allow students to practice both writing names and identifying beginning sounds for common item names.

Fairy Tale

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
This lesson is great for students who have already been introduced to the concept of "real" and "make-believe" characters.  The lesson take students through the elements that make up a fairy tale.

Learning About Adjectives

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to name adjectives by describing their favorite characters from the teacher’s story and their own favorite stories.

Rhyme Time

Length of Time: 20 - 45 Minutes
This lesson will introduce or reinforce word families and rhymes for young children and/or struggling readers.

Story Sequencing

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
This lesson takes students through the process of sequencing a story using the words first, then, next, and last. The lesson provides opportunities for students to write, draw, listen, act, and speak. The lesson include individual work as well as group work.

Story Themes

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students understand “describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.” -CCSS

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

What is a Verb?

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to define and give examples of verbs by telling about how they celebrate their birthdays.

2nd Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Author's Purpose

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
Students will have the opportunity to delve into the world of "Author's Purpose" with this engaging lesson. This lesson is aligned with 2nd grade standards and expectations.

Discovering Adjectives

Length of Time: About 40 - 60 Minutes
Students will work in groups to describe various objects based on taste, smell, look, touch, and emotional feeling.

Good Deeds

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students explore the importance of being kind and doing good deeds for others, by understanding that “A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small.”

Hiding Homophones

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
This lesson offers a simple introduction or refresher course in homophones, words that are pronounced the same, but spell and mean differently. Students will create a visual reminder of some of the more common homophones.  

Learning About Adjectives

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to name adjectives by describing their favorite characters from the teacher’s story and their own favorite stories.

Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students' comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level Appropriate Text.

Main Idea and Details

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to teach students to use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Moody Reading: Reading with Expression

Length of Time: Varied Depending on Usage
This lesson will be used to help students understand how to read with expression by choosing an expression to read with regardless of what is written.

Rhyme Time

Length of Time: 20 - 45 Minutes
This lesson will introduce or reinforce word families and rhymes for young children and/or struggling readers.

Story Themes

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students understand “describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.” -CCSS

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

What is a Verb?

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to define and give examples of verbs by telling about how they celebrate their birthdays.

Writing Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help student’s organization and focus their grade appropriate writing.

3rd Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Author's Purpose

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
Students will have the opportunity to delve into the world of "Author's Purpose" with this engaging lesson. This lesson is aligned with 2nd grade standards and expectations.

Collaborative Questioning

Length of Time: About 60 - 90 Minutes
Students will read a teacher selected, standards-based science or history text. Students will then develop questions based on Costa’s levels of questioning to encourage collaborative discussion of the reading.

Discovering Adjectives

Length of Time: About 40 - 60 Minutes
Students will work in groups to describe various objects based on taste, smell, look, touch, and emotional feeling.

Hiding Homophones

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
This lesson offers a simple introduction or refresher course in homophones, words that are pronounced the same, but spell and mean differently. Students will create a visual reminder of some of the more common homophones.  

Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students' comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level Appropriate Text.

Main Idea and Details

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to teach students to use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Moody Reading: Reading with Expression

Length of Time: Varied Depending on Usage
This lesson will be used to help students understand how to read with expression by choosing an expression to read with regardless of what is written.

Short Stories

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students ask questions and support answers by connecting prior knowledge with literal information found in, and inferred from, the text.

Story Themes

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students understand “describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.” -CCSS

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

Web of Ideas

Length of Time: Five 45 minute sessions
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determine character traits of various characters.

What is a Fable?

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use Internet sources, graphic organizers and group activities to analyze and discuss the characteristics and story lines of two different fables, "The Owl and The Grasshopper" and "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse."  After students read and brainstorm story elements of the folktales, they will then write a fable of their own.

What is a Verb?

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will be able to define and give examples of verbs by telling about how they celebrate their birthdays.

Writing Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help student’s organization and focus their grade appropriate writing.

Writing Narratives

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use a graphic organizer for narrative writing.

Writing to a Photograph

Length of Time: About 45-60 Minutes
Students will develop a plan for a fictional story based on a picture.

4th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Author's Purpose

Length of Time: 40-50 minutes
Students will have the opportunity to delve into the world of "Author's Purpose" with this engaging lesson. This lesson is aligned with 2nd grade standards and expectations.

Collaborative Questioning

Length of Time: About 60 - 90 Minutes
Students will read a teacher selected, standards-based science or history text. Students will then develop questions based on Costa’s levels of questioning to encourage collaborative discussion of the reading.

Discovering Adjectives

Length of Time: About 40 - 60 Minutes
Students will work in groups to describe various objects based on taste, smell, look, touch, and emotional feeling.

Explain Those Idioms

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will recognize idioms for their actual as well as realized meaning.

Hiding Homophones

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
This lesson offers a simple introduction or refresher course in homophones, words that are pronounced the same, but spell and mean differently. Students will create a visual reminder of some of the more common homophones.  

Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students' comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level Appropriate Text.

Moody Reading: Reading with Expression

Length of Time: Varied Depending on Usage
This lesson will be used to help students understand how to read with expression by choosing an expression to read with regardless of what is written.

Short Stories

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students ask questions and support answers by connecting prior knowledge with literal information found in, and inferred from, the text.

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

Theater in Action

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods
Students will write and perform a scene from the story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Web of Ideas

Length of Time: Five 45 minute sessions
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determine character traits of various characters.

What is a Fable?

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use Internet sources, graphic organizers and group activities to analyze and discuss the characteristics and story lines of two different fables, "The Owl and The Grasshopper" and "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse."  After students read and brainstorm story elements of the folktales, they will then write a fable of their own.

Writing Main Idea

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help student’s organization and focus their grade appropriate writing.

Writing Narratives

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use a graphic organizer for narrative writing.

Writing to a Photograph

Length of Time: About 45-60 Minutes
Students will develop a plan for a fictional story based on a picture.

5th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Collaborative Questioning

Length of Time: About 60 - 90 Minutes
Students will read a teacher selected, standards-based science or history text. Students will then develop questions based on Costa’s levels of questioning to encourage collaborative discussion of the reading.

Explain Those Idioms

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
Students will recognize idioms for their actual as well as realized meaning.

Hiding Homophones

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes
This lesson offers a simple introduction or refresher course in homophones, words that are pronounced the same, but spell and mean differently. Students will create a visual reminder of some of the more common homophones.  

Moody Reading: Reading with Expression

Length of Time: Varied Depending on Usage
This lesson will be used to help students understand how to read with expression by choosing an expression to read with regardless of what is written.

Parts of Speech BINGO

Length of Time: 10 Minutes/Game
Students will recognize and identify basic parts of speech: preposition, noun, verb, adjective through a simple game.

Short Stories

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
This lesson is designed to help students ask questions and support answers by connecting prior knowledge with literal information found in, and inferred from, the text.

Tearing Into Vocabulary

Length of Time: 15-30 Minutes
This is a quick activity to allow students to work cooperatively while increasing awareness of vocabulary for a given lesson.

Theater in Action

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods
Students will write and perform a scene from the story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Web of Ideas

Length of Time: Five 45 minute sessions
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determine character traits of various characters.

What is a Fable?

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use Internet sources, graphic organizers and group activities to analyze and discuss the characteristics and story lines of two different fables, "The Owl and The Grasshopper" and "The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse."  After students read and brainstorm story elements of the folktales, they will then write a fable of their own.

Writing Narratives

Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
In this lesson, students will use a graphic organizer for narrative writing.

Writing to a Photograph

Length of Time: About 45-60 Minutes
Students will develop a plan for a fictional story based on a picture.

6th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Analogy Creation

Length of Time: About 1 - 2 Class Periods
Students will create analogies using randomly chosen grade-appropriate words.

Controversial Environmental Issues

Length of Time: 2 Class Periods
Students will research and debate multiple topics in the topic of environmental health. The class will take sides on whether they are for or against the controversial issue.

Debate an Environmental Issue

Length of Time: 30-40 Minutes
Students will read an article about the sale of tropical fish. Students will analyze the information given and discuss their opinion based on facts from the article.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Length of Time: About 45 minutes
Students will read an article from a newspaper, magazine, or other similar content, identify main idea, and create a headline for the story.

Moving Speech

Length of Time: One to two 45-minute periods
Students will creatively review the eight parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun, interjection, conjunction), using them in sentences correctly.

Nothing but the Truth

Length of Time: About five 45 minute sessions
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determining how point of view affects the action of a story.

Parts of Speech BINGO

Length of Time: 10 Minutes/Game
Students will recognize and identify basic parts of speech: preposition, noun, verb, adjective through a simple game.

Reducing Every Day Plastic Use

Length of Time: Multiple Class Periods
Students will research and write a persuasive essay about the effects of plastic in every day use. They will be encouraged to send these letters to officials who could make a difference.

Theater in Action

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods
Students will write and perform a scene from the story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

What Year Did That Happen?

Length of Time: About 2 - 3 Class Periods
Students will practice rewriting and summarizing paragraphs, paraphrasing the information, facts, and other details in a writing sample.

Writing to a Photograph

Length of Time: About 45-60 Minutes
Students will develop a plan for a fictional story based on a picture.

7th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Analogy Creation

Length of Time: About 1 - 2 Class Periods
Students will create analogies using randomly chosen grade-appropriate words.

Controversial Environmental Issues

Length of Time: 2 Class Periods
Students will research and debate multiple topics in the topic of environmental health. The class will take sides on whether they are for or against the controversial issue.

De and Con Notations

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes
Students work collaboratively to create the denotations and connotations of words.

Debate an Environmental Issue

Length of Time: 30-40 Minutes
Students will read an article about the sale of tropical fish. Students will analyze the information given and discuss their opinion based on facts from the article.

Nothing but the Truth

Length of Time: About five 45 minute sessions
This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determining how point of view affects the action of a story.

Present Perfect Tense

Length of Time: 40 - 50 Minutes
Students will be able to explain clearly the rules on the present perfect tense of verbs as differentiated from the simple present and past tenses.

Reducing Every Day Plastic Use

Length of Time: Multiple Class Periods
Students will research and write a persuasive essay about the effects of plastic in every day use. They will be encouraged to send these letters to officials who could make a difference.

The Classroom Lottery

Length of Time: One of more 45 minute class period
Based on the short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, the students will be participate in a similar mock classroom drama using a different scenario for the “choosing”, while writing answers to thought-provoking questions.

What Year Did That Happen?

Length of Time: About 2 - 3 Class Periods
Students will practice rewriting and summarizing paragraphs, paraphrasing the information, facts, and other details in a writing sample.

8th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Analogy Creation

Length of Time: About 1 - 2 Class Periods
Students will create analogies using randomly chosen grade-appropriate words.

Controversial Environmental Issues

Length of Time: 2 Class Periods
Students will research and debate multiple topics in the topic of environmental health. The class will take sides on whether they are for or against the controversial issue.

De and Con Notations

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes
Students work collaboratively to create the denotations and connotations of words.

Debate an Environmental Issue

Length of Time: 30-40 Minutes
Students will read an article about the sale of tropical fish. Students will analyze the information given and discuss their opinion based on facts from the article.

Present Perfect Tense

Length of Time: 40 - 50 Minutes
Students will be able to explain clearly the rules on the present perfect tense of verbs as differentiated from the simple present and past tenses.

Reducing Every Day Plastic Use

Length of Time: Multiple Class Periods
Students will research and write a persuasive essay about the effects of plastic in every day use. They will be encouraged to send these letters to officials who could make a difference.

Speed Persuading

Length of Time: Two to Three Class Periods
The students will use the art of communication to quickly persuade or convince their peers to change their minds on a variety of popular or unpopular opinions.

What Year Did That Happen?

Length of Time: About 2 - 3 Class Periods
Students will practice rewriting and summarizing paragraphs, paraphrasing the information, facts, and other details in a writing sample.

9th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

De and Con Notations

Length of Time: About 45 - 60 Minutes
Students work collaboratively to create the denotations and connotations of words.

Present Perfect Tense

Length of Time: 40 - 50 Minutes
Students will be able to explain clearly the rules on the present perfect tense of verbs as differentiated from the simple present and past tenses.

Speed Persuading

Length of Time: Two to Three Class Periods
The students will use the art of communication to quickly persuade or convince their peers to change their minds on a variety of popular or unpopular opinions.

Stories Galore

Length of Time: About 2 Hours
Following the Common Core Standards for writing a narrative the students will collaborate and write six stories.

10th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Speed Persuading

Length of Time: Two to Three Class Periods
The students will use the art of communication to quickly persuade or convince their peers to change their minds on a variety of popular or unpopular opinions.

Stories Galore

Length of Time: About 2 Hours
Following the Common Core Standards for writing a narrative the students will collaborate and write six stories.

11th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Hyperbole and Paradox

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods
Using Internet resources the students find definitions and examples of hyperboles and paradox, and then create their own to share with peers, and identify their use in a current reading selection.

Stories Galore

Length of Time: About 2 Hours
Following the Common Core Standards for writing a narrative the students will collaborate and write six stories.

12th Grade English/Language Arts Lesson Plans

Hyperbole and Paradox

Length of Time: About 2 Class Periods
Using Internet resources the students find definitions and examples of hyperboles and paradox, and then create their own to share with peers, and identify their use in a current reading selection.