English Language Arts

LDC offers a variety of templates that help ELA teachers boost student engagement and master texts at their reading level (and above)! LDC templates “hardwire” Common Core Standards into module design, requiring students to use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts and improve their reading and writing skills. In addition, the LDC design process leads the teacher through the selection of appropriate state grade content standards to ensure lessons are aligned with state requirements. ELA teachers across the country have already used LDC modules to improve student reading and writing skills. See some examples below, or join us on CoreTools to access the Exemplary Module Library from your own account!

“The better writer you are, the better reader you become. I really think that LDC is going to get students to become better readers by teaching them to use the sources, to read those articles critically and think critically about them, and to engage in those higher-order thinking questions and insightful discussion.” Middle school ELA teacher


Rethinking Ophelia

Students begin this module with a reading of Hamlet through the gender and social class theoretical lenses. The module will serve as the culminating writing for the entire unit, although it is not inclusive of the actual reading of Hamlet. The purpose of the module is to examine the role of Ophelia in Hamlet based upon the social perceptions found in the readings. Developed by Kimba Rael, Cole Larsen, Annette Chavez, Andrea Martinez, Gilbert Apodaca, Michelle Devine, Curtis Garcia, Gayle Jones Westerberg, Janice Price, and Tara Henderson, this module includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Colorado Department of Education)

Author Study: Kate Chopin

This module draws from a National Endowment for the Humanities unit plan for Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and blends this focus with additional study of three of Chopin’s short stories: “The Story of an Hour,” “Desiree’s Child,” and “The Storm.” Through the study of one author, students will explore the ways in which authors use characters to shape themes for larger social and political commentary. Additionally, students will relate other literary elements and movements to Chopin’s work including setting, dialect, literary realism, and literary criticism. Developed by Kimba Rael, Gayle Jones Westerberg, Tara Henderson, Curtis Garcia, Annette Chavez, Maia Goodman, and Mary Rubadeau, this module includes a scoring guide showing why it is considered an LDC exemplar. (LDC Partner: Colorado Department of Education)

Character Relationships and Theme in Hamlet (A Close Reading Module)

Students start with a close reading of Hamlet’s soliloquy “O that this too solid flesh would melt” and build from there to a wider study of how Shakespeare uses character relationships to develop important themes. This is one of three prototype close reading LDC modules in which intensive study of one text is pivotal to a larger teaching task. Download either the individual module or the larger document, which contains all three prototypes and an overview from authors Gary McCormick (Kenton County, Kentucky) and Susan Perkins Weston (LDC Design Team).


Other exemplary modules you can access via our Module Library through LDC CoreTools include…

To Be or Not to Be: The Evolution of Hamlet’s Personality

Terry Roberts with Laura Billings, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

Declaration of Independent Sentiments

Terry Roberts with Laura Billings, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

Existentialism and Kafka

Sherri McPherson (Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky)

Guernica

Terry Roberts, Laura Billings, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

The Meaning of Myth

Laura Billings with Terry Roberts, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, and Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam) 

Magical Realism: Fusing the Fantastic and the Ordinary

Brooke Mabry with Laura Billings, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, and Terry Roberts
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Eleanor Dougherty with Terry Roberts, Laura Billings, Melissa Hedt, Brooke Mabry
(Product of the 2013 Summer Design Jam)

Women's Rights

Melissa Hedt with Terry Roberts, Eleanor Dougherty, Laura Billings, and Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

Your Poem Preference

Laura Billings with Terry Roberts, Eleanor Dougherty, Melissa Hedt, and Brooke Mabry
(Product of the Summer 2013 Design Jam)

The Power of Language

Laura Billings (National Paideia Center)