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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Constructing Narratives: A Unit Plan for Taking Apart and Reconstructing Stories
Description: This lesson is designed as a project-based unit plan that will take students through the narrative process from deconstruction to construction.  After initial discussion, students will use the Interactive Story Map feature at Read Write Think to deconstruct a short story.  Students will use pictures to put together a PowerPoint-based storyboard that other students will use to construct a story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Persuasive Strategies and Tuck Everlasting
Description: This lesson is a persuasive strategy lesson plan for Tuck Everlasting. It allows the student to incorporate technology in the development of an original thirty second commercial.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 9), or English Language Arts (7 - 9), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Poetry and Music Fun with Chris Daughtry
Description: This language arts lesson grabs students' attention by incorporating a popular musician. The lyrics to "Over You" include vivid language that makes identifying figures of speech intriguing. The students will identify similes, metaphors, and hyperbole within the lyrics. The students will analyze the lyrics and create an MP3 file or podcast with their analysis.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 10), or English Language Arts (7 - 10)
Title: Hands, Hands, Hands - Writing a Narrative Essay from the Perspective of a Particular Hand
Description: The teacher will show pictures of six hands to students.  (See attachment)  After a brainstorming session, students will choose one hand that illustrates a particular story from their life.  Then, students will write a two page narrative essay about this story.  These stories will be posted on a class blog to allow for feedback and discussion from classmates.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: University and College Tuition Webquest
Description: This is a technology-based and interdisciplinary project incorporating mathematics, language, and technology standards. Each student will research on the university's website: location, the mission statement, historical and interesting facts, and the tuition costs (for which they will have to compute the median, range, and mean). Each student will use other Internet sources to find the distance from home. An expository essay explaining the importance of researching about universities and a PowerPoint presentation will also be requirements of the project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Credit Cards Are "Interest"ing
Description: Students will create a credit card, focusing on appealing terms and slogan.  They will use their credit card to go on a shopping spree.  The students will receive a "BILL" to discover/discuss the effects/application of simple interest.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Reading, Writing, and Sounder
Description: The activities included in this lesson plan require the reading of William Armstrong's Sounder. This technology-based lesson fosters critical thinking and includes journal writing, student-led discussions with another class via video conferencing, vocabulary development, and persuasive writing.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Understanding Comics
Description: Using the book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud as the primary resource, this unit focuses on comics as a tool for communication. Students participate in activities which include journal and essay writing, a graphic organizer, and a distance learning field trip.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 7), or English Language Arts (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Camelot Times: Writing a Newspaper
Description: As part of a unit on Arthurian literature and medieval culture, students imagine they are reporters living in the realm of King Arthur and create newsletters/newspapers based on their study and research.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Harlem Renaissance Unit
Description: This unit on the history and contribution of the Harlem Renaissance combines research and creative presentations in the form of slideshows, a timeline, and desktop publishing.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Riddles in the Dark
Description: Riddles can be challenging to solve and even more challenging to write. After reading the riddles used by Gollum to try to ensnare Bilbo in chapter five of Tolkien's The Hobbit and those used by Bilbo to outwit Gollum, students use their wit and cunning to author a riddle pop-up book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Narrative Writing: The Autobiographical Incident
Description: After organizing their thoughts using a graphic organizer, students write a narrative essay which relates an autobiographical incident. Students present their essays in a slideshow which allows their classmates to practice predicting an outcome as they guess the ending of the narrative. Some of the essays will be included in a class newsletter created by the students.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (7), or English Language Arts (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Examining the Lives of Black Alabamians: Do You Have What It Takes to Make a Difference?
Description: Students compare and contrast their lives and character traits with those of famous black Alabamians. Students use technology to conduct research and write an expository essay.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Using Graphic Organizers to Develop a Character Analysis
Description: This hands-on, technology-based lesson enables students of all ability levels to organize the traits of main characters and to develop a character analysis. Students choose two main characters from myths, legends, or fables to create both a slideshow presentation and a newsletter demonstrating their conclusions.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Analyzing Advice as an Introduction to Shakespeare     
Description: Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, which asks students to explore an excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Why Preserve Biodiversity?     
Description: In this lesson, students discuss the importance of maintaining ecosystems and find out about the various arguments that people make in favor of preserving the Earth's biodiversity. They write essays in which they explain what they feel are the most compelling reasons for preserving biodiversity and also describe the arguments they think would be most likely to convince the general public that biodiversity should be preserved.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth      
Description: Students examine figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth and create a chart representing the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.     
Description: Nikki Giovanni's poem The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. is paired with Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Expository Escapade Detectives Handbook     
Description: Students create a Detective's Handbook based on a detective mystery they have read. The handbooks include expository and descriptive writing, as well as a letter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas     
Description: V is for vocabulary. A content area unit provides the theme for a specialized ABC book, as students select, research, define, and illustrate a word for each alphabet letter.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Word Webs to Teach Synonyms for Commonly Used Words     
Description: Students use word webs to choose synonyms for generic adjectives and to learn to adjust their word usage for different contexts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You      
Description: Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poems That Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost     
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, students read, discuss, and analyze selected poems by Robert Frost. The activities that make up this unit encourage students to draw inferences about a poem's speaker based on evidence contained within the poem and to gather evidence supporting those inferences.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reviving Bodie     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the ghost town of Bodie and imagine that the state of California has decided to make Bodie a town again and to let people settle there. Groups of students write guides for the town's new potential citizens, explaining the things they need to know about the town's climate, landscape, location, natural resources, and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Adopt a Lot     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn the basics of conducting a field study. They learn how to develop innovative plans to improve the quality of a community and make recommendations for improvements to their local area.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Alternative Plots for Robert C. O Brien's Z for Zachariah      
Description: Students write new endings for the science fiction novel, Z for Zachariah by exploring alternative plotlines created by making different moral choices than those made by the main character.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Creating Careers for Characters     
Description: Students select a job listing for a character in a book they have read, then create a resume and application letter for that character.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: A Character's Letter to the Editor     
Description: Students write a persuasive letter to the editor of a newspaper from a selected fictional character's perspective, focusing on a specific issue or situation explored in the novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales     
Description: Students examine three examples of revisionist fairy tales in which female characters act in empowered roles rather than behaving helpless and submissive.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus     
Description: Students explore the menu genre by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants. They review adjectives and descriptive writing and then work in groups to create their own custom menus.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Alphabiography Project: Totally You     
Description: The traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographies recording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: You Know the Movie is Coming? Now What?     
Description: In this lesson, students read a literary text with the eye of a director, selecting scenes from the text and putting a cinematic spin on them.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Writing Free Verse in the '' Voice'' of Cesar Chavez     
Description: Poetry and politics combine in this lesson where students write a free verse poem in the voice of Cesar Chavez.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories     
Description: Students identify genre characteristics for short stories and newspaper articles then practice both genres by turning a short story into a news article and an article into a short story.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares     
Description: Students must think critically to create comic strips highlighting six important scenes from a book they have read.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jack London's ''The Call of the Wild'': ''Nature Faker''?     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students analyze Jack London's The Call of the Wild. They take a stand on whether London can be called a nature faker and on what he is attempting to communicate through his portrayal of Buck. They support their stands with historical evidence or evidence from the text. Finally, students write an essay, complete with hypothesis and textual support, on London's approach to the animal story in The Call of the Wild.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Shared Spelling Strategies     
Description: Students increase their spelling accuracy and retention, while preserving fluency, by using sound, sight recall, and analyzing strategies instead of memorizing words, as they deal with spelling during drafting.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Choose Your Own Adventure: A Hypertext Writing Experience     
Description: Students analyze '' choose your own adventure'' stories and brainstorm to develop setting, characters, and plots for their own adventures stories and related Websites.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels     
Description: In this lesson designed especially for boys, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, and discussion.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Character and Author Business Cards     
Description: Students respond to a book they have read by thinking symbolically to create a business card for one of the characters.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Book Report Alternative: Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmarks     
Description: Students make bookmarks on computers and share their ideas with other readers at their school, while practicing summarizing, recognizing symbols, and writing reviews all for an authentic audience.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the artistry that helped make Washington Irving our nation's first literary master. They ponder the mystery of what happened to Ichabod Crane, a mystery that now haunts every Halloween.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for '' The Tell-Tale Heart''      
Description: What's that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening Thinking Activity (DLTA) using '' The Tell-Tale Heart,'' make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research     
Description: Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis     
Description: Students stage a mock trial for a literary character, with groups of students acting as the prosecution, defense, and jury.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Geography Matters in History     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students consider the ways in which historical events and processes have been affected by geography. For example, the Lewis and Clark expedition was affected by many geographical phenomena, such as rugged mountains and strong river currents. Students read historical features on the Internet, explain how geography affected historical events or processes, and write stories describing how geographic variations might have led to different outcomes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Fighting Injustice by Studying Lessons of the Past     
Description: Social injustice occurs every day all over the world. In this lesson, students research a few historical examples of social injustice, including the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, and Japanese internment.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson     
Description: Students learn that the plot structure described by Freytag's Pyramid is actually quite familiar as they diagram the plots of a familiar story, a television show, and a narrative poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Reading and Analyzing Multigenre Texts     
Description: Students develop a definition of multigenre texts by exploring multigenre picture books. They brainstorm what it takes to read these texts successfully and discuss strategies needed to comprehend the texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Picture Books to Explore Identity, Stereotyping, and Discrimination     
Description: Students analyze the concepts of identity, stereotyping, and discrimination by reading picture books; identify how these concepts are dealt with in each book; and discuss concrete actions to stop discrimination.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play     
Description: What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: E-pals Around the World     
Description: With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the ''New Colossus'' to America     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York. The activities in this lesson guide students through an investigation of primary historical documents and an analysis of the poem The New Colossus, written by the nineteenth-century poet Emma Lazarus.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Doodle Splash: Using Graphics to Discuss Literature     
Description: Students keep a doodle journal while reading short stories by a common author. In small groups, students then combine their doodles into a graphic representation of the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action     
Description: Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes     
Description: Students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Lights, Camera, Action: Interviewing a Book Character     
Description: Students get the inside scoop on a story when they create interview questions and answers for characters in the books they read.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy      
Description: Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class '' press conference.''
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the World Would You Like to Live?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare thematic maps of the continents and the world as a whole to determine where they would like to live. They view several online thematic maps and conclude by writing paragraphs describing the three places in the world they think they d most like to live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Creative Writing Through Wordless Picture Books     
Description: Students are exposed to wordless picture books and begin developing story lines, both orally and in writing, using an online, interactive story map.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies,Language Arts,Arts
Title: The World of Haiku     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the traditions and conventions of haiku, comparing this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre of Japanese visual art and composing haiku of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inventors and Innovators     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use the Internet to explore the scientific enterprise and the contributions to science of various people. Students use the Inventor of the Week Archives on the Invention Dimension Web site to create a class project on American invention.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs     
Description: Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Teaching Revision as a Concept     
Description: Students use fractured fairy tales to practice revision and editing as separate activities when they write their own versions of fairy tales.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Fairy Tale Autobiographies     
Description: Students read and analyze fairy tales from several cultures, identifying common elements. Choosing common situations, students write original fairy tales, using picture books as models and a peer review process.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9



ALEX Podcasts


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Tornadoes of 2011: Birmingham Edition
Overview:
The students and community of Birmingham, Alabama and in particular Wilkerson Middle School were affected by the vicious storms that raged through Alabama at the end of April.  The students of Wilkerson Middle School needed an outlet for their feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and confusion.  This podcast provided them with not only that outlet, but also an opportunity to express themselves in regards to their safety, and the survival of their community.  As the comments are sometimes off the cuff and completely child created, there is no transcript, only the mention of the student's names.


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Community - The Giver 
Overview:
This podcast correlates with The Giver lesson on authority. It prompts students to think about their community and the positive and negative aspects. 


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Hydra
Overview:
The Hydra was a dangerous mythical beast with many heads.  This podcast tells the story of Hercules' challenge to kill the Hydra as one of his twelve tasks.


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Searching and Saving in Points of View Reference Center
Overview:
This purpose of this study is to detail how to search topics with in POV and save the results.


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Minor gods and goddesses
Overview:
This is one podcast of a series.  The purpose of this podcast was to inform students about minor gods and goddesses.  Iris is a messenger for Hera.  She is often depicted as having a staff and winged shoes. Eris is given credit for starting the Trojan War with major goddesses taking sides against each other.  The stories of Persephone, Circe, and The Fates are also mentioned.  Persephone's struggle to return to her mother Demeter explains the changing of the seasons.


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Artemis
Overview:
Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, are the children of Leto and Zeus.  She is goddess of the hunt.  She is the patron goddess of young girls up until they are to be married.  She has sworn never to marry, thus her break with young ladies at this time. Artemis is able to take on many different appearances, but the most common is that of a teenage girl leading her band of warriors who are eternally youthful. 


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Artemis & Apollo
Overview:
This podcast outlines the origin of Artemis and Apollo.  Artemis is seen as a goddess of the hunt.  She is very bright and clever in her dealings with giants that attempt to overthrow those in Mount Olympus.  Apollo has other gifts.  He is given the task of making the sun rise each morning by riding his chariot through the sky.  Information about Hera, Zeus, and Leto is also included.


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Greek Constellations
Overview:
The origins of constellations are named after mythological characters.  This podcast explains the origins of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.


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Teacher’s Guide to Using the MY HERO Create Program
http://www.myhero.co...
Students of all ages can publish online tributes to their heroes on the MY HERO Create Web design program. This lesson plan gives an overview of the Create Program and shows how to develop individual hero stories into MY HERO webpages.

Learning Activities


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Teacher’s Guide to Using the MY HERO Create Program
http://www.myhero.co...
Students of all ages can publish online tributes to their heroes on the MY HERO Create Web design program. This lesson plan gives an overview of the Create Program and shows how to develop individual hero stories into MY HERO webpages.

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Can We Talk?
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This is a good activity to help students learn to correctly write dialogue. "Can We Talk? Grades 4-6 Summary: A great lesson to help remind students the skills involved in using dialogue in their writing."

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Jane Yolen was born in 1939.     
Description: Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland .     
Description: After reading one of Carroll's chapters, students plan an unbirthday party and do activities and preparation for the event.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Judy Blume was born in 1938.     
Description: Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing .
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Read a book! The third week of October is Teen Read Week.     
Description: Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a book club in celebration of Teen Read Week.
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Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.     
Description: As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.     
Description: Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.     
Description: Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
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Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!     
Description: Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs.
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Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: ' Black Beauty'' author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.     
Description: Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.     
Description: Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.     
Description: Students discuss Dickinson's poem '' This Is My Letter To The World'' and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.     
Description: Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
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Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Poe's '' The Raven'' was published in 1845.     
Description: As Poe's '' The Raven'' is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
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Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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