Language Arts

The language arts portion of the PULSE curriculum supports the social studies and science lessons in several important ways. These lessons develop necessary communication, research, reading and writing skills, while addressing the education standards that must be met by today's language arts teachers. These learning cycles and lessons can also stand alone to teach important concepts to high school students. These language arts lessons provide the students with tools or skills that will aide them in these environmental health based major projects. The national standards that were created by the National Council of Teachers of English were used to align the lessons.

The National Council of Teachers of English education standards can be viewed at: http://www.ncte.org/about/over/standards/110846.htm

The lessons address many of the NCTE standards and specifically emphasized the following areas:

• Reading
• Writing
• Speaking
• Technology
• Research skills
• Presentations
• Persuasion

Lessons in Alphabetical order: A-D, E-M, N-S, T-W.

Description of Mini-Unit/Lesson
National Standard
A Formal Analysis of Science Fiction -- 3, 5
Students will learn about various people from different cultures who have kept journals for scientific, historical, and creative purposes. 1, 9
Students will make a bookmark with information about a public health issue that will become part of a larger public health service message. 7, 8
A man of integrity and courage Read article about ethics of clinical trials and discussion of implications 1, 3
Students will read an article about America’s energy consumption for understanding and to find instances of bias. 3, 5
Students will watch a film about the voyage of the Endurance and analyze the film’s representation of the expedition. 8, 6
Analyzing Perspectives Students will analyze the ways in which their own culture has been determined, explain how these beliefs are lenses which influence the way we look at life. 5, 9
This lesson asks the students to apply their reading skills to read and analyze a given article, and then will compose a timed writing in order to thoroughly explain the process of reading and comprehending the text. 3, 5
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Book Review Students will write a five paragraph theme that explains how the novel which they read in this unit effectively utilized various literary elements to portray the impact of a disease. 1
Breaking through reading roadblocks! Students will work together in “reading analysis groups” to gain practice working with challenging texts and using different reading strategies to understand them. 3
Chalk Talk
Students will perform a “chalk talk” to purge their ides, perceptions, and observations of the working world. 5, 11
Coal and Oil: Powering Our Way of Life Students will brainstorm all the areas in which oil and petrochemicals are used and the impact on American life if these become scarce or highly priced. 7
Comparison Contrast Essay -- --
Conditions of Today Students will use library research to look for evidence of contemporary working conditions, with a focus on editorials. Students will look for at least 3 examples and report to the class. --
Connecting to Your Research on a Personal Level A mini lesson on how to use a research journal. --
Conventions and Proofreading Students will edit their final project essays for spelling and grammatical errors. 6, 5
Country Display After seeing a model display made by the teacher, students will do additional research on their country and create visually appealing displays. 11, 12, 7
Create A Commercial Students will create an advertisement persuading the public to participate in local recycling programs. 4
Current Events The Youth Voices Project is described. Students are taught how to recognize articles with significant information and connections to the other core classes. 1, 3
Day by Day Students will read selected passages from the diary of Samuel Pepys who lived in London in the 1660’s during the bubonic plague’s devastation. 2
Debates Students will see how a formal debate is set up and what rules of order are used. After doing research on an assigned topic they will participate in a practice debate. 4, 1
Diary Entry -- --
Disease and Culture through Literary Time Review the impact that disease has had on various cultures and times. 2
Doing research for a legal brief -- 3, 7


-- E-M, N-S, T-W --

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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